Gauss virus hits Middle East firms, Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab, the leading computer security firm, stated that the new cyber surveillance virus has been found in the Middle East. The virus has the ability to spy on transactions of a lot of banks and steal in usernames and passwords.

The firm confirmed that the virus, reffered as Dubbed Gauss, may also have the capability of attacking critical infrastructure. It also is very likely to build in identical laboratories as Stuxnet, a computer worm commonly deemed to have been utilized by Israel and US to hit on the nuclear program of Iran.

In addition to this, Kaspersky has found out that the virus Gauss had already infected and impinged on over 2,500 personal computers largely located in territories of Israel, Palestinian and Lebanon. The targeted firms were also identified, which included Citibank, PayPal online payment system of eBay, Blombank of Lebanon, as well as Credit Libanais and ByblosBank.

According to the officials of the firms, they were oblivious of Gauss. The spokesperson from PayPal, Anuj Nayar commented that their company is now running an investigation for the matter.

Furthermore, the Moscow-based firm would rather not hypothesize on who was behind the virus attack. However, it affirmed that Gauss is linked to Stuxnet and other two related cyber spying tools, Dugu and Flame. Kaspersky stated on its website that all of the attacks are showing the high-end of nation-state-sponsored cyber spying and cyber war operations, right after checking at Dugu, Flame, and Stuxnet.