ITWORLD CANADA CURATED: Kaspersky Lab and CrySys release tools so people can check their PCs for the threat. So far, it appears aimed at Middle East financial institutions
The initial reports are that the trojan is aimed at financial institutions in the Middle East, but the malware could turn up here as well. In a news release Kaspersky calls Gauss a “nation-state sponsored cyber-espionage toolkit ” along the lines of the Duqu, Stuxnet and Flame trojans.
RELATED CONTENT: Flame was intelligence-gathering tool
Cyber-espionage is a bit safer than sending spies in to kill people and foment war, but it does run the danger of an escalating tit-for-tat digital war. So it comes as no suprise the Washington Post reports the U.S. military’s cyber-experts are quietly angling to take a more aggressive role in defending critical American networks. The Pentagon is limited now to protecting military networks , but it would like some flexibility. Just in case.Related Download
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