Researchers at Kaspersky Labs have discovered a virus that steals bank account information from victims and has similar code to the Stuxnet and Flame viruses, CNNMoney reports.
According to David Goldman’s report, the “Gauss” virus appears to not be stealing any money but is tracking other financial activity such as login information.
Goldman reports Kaspersky discovered 1,660 of the 2,500 Gauss cases in Lebanon, 483 cases in Israel, 261 in the Palestinian territories and 43 in the U.S.
Gauss works by using a vulnerability in Windows to break into a user’s browser and even if a user shuts off Windows’ “auto-run” feature, Gauss starts up when the computer turns on, according to the report.
The security firm has not cracked the encrypted payload and has brought in cryptologists to accomplish that, the report says.