Kaspersky Lab is requesting help from the masses to encode a code which is fixed in a piece of malware named Gauss.
Gauss is the new version of malware that is linked to Dugu, Stuxnet and Flame. The researchers of Kaspersky have firm belief that this malware is a spying or intelligence surveillance tool. Gauss is specifically designed to embezzle the banking details, browser passwords and other important credentials. The tricky and complicated part is that the hidden intention of the malware is still undiscovered. How the malware will affect your OS and what data it will steal is still unknown as the malware is protected by an encrypted code.
The Kaspersky researchers have affirmed that, the operational feature of this malware is quite different in comparison to other malwares. Before an attack –
- Gauss first understands the intended target audience’s system configuration.
- It scans the folders and files present in the system
- Uses that information for the process of decryption and finally prepare an attack.
But decrypting the encrypted code on Gauss has become the primary challenge and hurdle for the researchers as they are unable to determine the orders through which the malware is destined to work. The researchers have already tried to crack or decode the encrypted code using trillions and millions of combinations, but all in vain.
Kaspersky has released some sections of encrypted data and has come up with an idea of inviting those who can encode the code are free to contact the Kaspersky Lab.
This is not the first time that the company is seeking help from the mass. Earlier, in March 2014 only, Kaspersky has requested public help during the analysis of Dugu when the security researchers were stuck in a code compilation which was encoded with the public help. This time also they are hoping for such unity to break the whimsical malware.