BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2012) - Bitdefender, the leading global antivirus company, has released a tool to find and remove traces of the Gauss malware, a complex financial espionage tool that hit the Middle East.
The multi-module e-threat shares similarities with Flamer, another cyber-espionage tool discovered in the Middle East in May. However, while Flamer's main purpose is to harvest data from industrial environments, Gauss is focused on stealing login credentials for eBanking, social networking and e-mail services. Apart from stealing passwords, Gauss can also steal cookies to allow an attacker access to a specific account the user is already logged into.
"The resemblance to Flamer leads us believe that the newly-discovered Gauss may also be a state-sponsored cyber-weapon," said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Research at Bitdefender. "This prompts us about the fact that cyber-warfare is moving into the financial sector: tracing the origins and destination of money, and who is funding what operations."
The removal tool can be downloaded from the Downloads repository of the Bitdefender Labs: 32-bit version | 64-bit version.
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