New cyber virus hits Middle Eastern computers

New cyber virus hits Middle Eastern computers

Kaspersky Lab experts believe Gauss virus was designed by the same people who developed Flame, Duqu, and Stuxnet

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A new super cyber-virus named “Gauss” has infected computers across the Middle East, computer security experts at Kaspersky Lab announced Thursday.

Gauss has been found extensively in Lebanon, Israel, and Palestinian computers, according to Kaspersky Lab experts, who estimate that the virus was designed to jump from country to country.

Gauss infiltrates Windows computer systems and hacks into the users’ banking, email and social-networking data. Based on timestamp data retrieved from the virus, Kaspersky Lab said it was likely created in August or September 2011.

Kaspersky Lab also said that it can penetrate infrastructure system software and was designed in the same lab as its predecessors Flame, Duqu, and Stuxnet.

The Stuxnet virus reportedly caused considerable damage to the Iranian nuclear program.

Carl Friedrich Gauss was a prominent German mathematician, who died in 1855.

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