I can’t recall another time when an anti-virus company did this, but Kaspersky Lab has reached out to the world at large to see if someone has what it takes to decrypt a portion of the Gauss malware that is designed to steal information from the infected computers.
If you want to get in on the action, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will provide you with the first 32 bytes of encrypted data in hopes you are the one who can break it.
Worried that you could be a victim of Gauss, just visit this site to find out: http://gauss.crysys.hu/
Gauss can infect USB thumb drives via the same vulnerability that Stuxnet and Flame exploit.
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