Friday, August 10, 2012

New Malware Linked to Stuxnet, Flame

Researchers from Kaspersky labs, a Russian cybersecurity firm, have identified a new piece of malware that they believe comes from the same "factory" as the state-sponsored Stuxnet and Flame malware that was targeted at Iran. The new software, called Gauss, is supposedly aimed at Lebannon, whereas Stuxnet and Flame were developed to disrupt Iranian nuclear ambitions. From the Washington Post article:

“Nation-states want to monitor activity,” said Roel Schouwenberg, senior researcher for Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cybersecurity firm that discovered the new malware and also discovered Flame. “Seeing how the money is flowing in these bank accounts can be very interesting for them.”

Stuxnet and Flame are believed to have been developed by the United States and Israel.

In its analysis, Kaspersky experts stopped short of speculating on who might be behind the new malware, dubbed Gauss, but they said they believe it “was created by the same ‘factory’ which produced Flame. This indicates it is most likely a nation-state sponsored operation.”

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