Two security labs are offering ways to check whether your system has been infected by Gauss, the new malware software from the Middle East.
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Kaspersky Lab — which recently released information identifying Gauss — posted the tools after receiving inquiries about detecting the new malware. Gauss has been dubbed a "cyber espionage tool kit" that can steal sensitive data, including browser passwords, online banking accounts, cookies and system configurations.
You can download the Kaspersky virus-removal tool, or use a web page provided by Hungarian research lab CrySyS to scan for the virus. The CrySyS page will check your system for Palida Narrow, a font associated with Gauss.
"This font was used during the Gauss cyber attack," the Kaspersky post stated. "Although we don't currently understand exactly why the attackers have installed this font, it could serve as an indicator of Gauss activity on your system."
Kaspersky adapted the CrySyS page and created a similar tool with an improved detection method, according to the post.