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W32.Gauss

Risk Level 1: Very Low

Discovered:
August 9, 2012
Updated:
August 28, 2012 4:06:39 PM
Also Known As:
TSPY_GAUSS.A [Trend]
Type:
Worm
Infection Length:
Varies
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
W32.Gauss is a worm that opens a back door and collects confidential information from the compromised computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version August 9, 2012 revision 016
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 15, 2012 revision 007
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 9, 2012 revision 018
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 15, 2012 revision 016
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 15, 2012
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Threat Assessment

Wild

  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy

Damage

  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Payload: Opens a back door.
  • Releases Confidential Info: Steals system information, browser history, passwords, and cookies.

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: Low
  • Shared Drives: Spreads through removable drives.
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