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Gauss Malware Indicates Widespread Bank Monitoring

Corero Network Security : 13 August, 2012  (Technical Article)
Corero Networks comments on the recently discovered Gauss malware and the possibility of further variants
Gauss Malware Indicates Widespread Bank Monitoring
Paul Lawrence, VP International Operations at Corero Network Security, has made the following comments:

"The discovery of Gauss, which apparently is based on the Flame platform, indicates a widespread monitoring of banking information, primarily in Lebanon. Whether the aim was to simply monitor activities or steal funds is not known at this time, since the malware's command and control servers shut down in July. Coming so soon after the discovery of Flame indicates that there has been and may still be other variants waiting to be disclosed, or it may be that the discovery of Gauss has dried this up as a source until a new variant could be introduced.

What this does mean is that organisations must remain vigilant and on guard against increasingly sophisticated malware, which can be introduced by something as simple as a USB stick. Organisations may want to assess whether they want to close the USB loophole to make it impossible for systems to be infected in this manner."
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