Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israel Catches Russian Hackers Stealing NSA Secrets

Israel Catches Russian Hackers Stealing NSA Secrets

According to the Times, Israeli Intelligence let the NSA know that while they had been touring the belly of the Kaspersky beast, they collected evidence that Russian government hackers were using the antivirus provider's access to brutally dig for and collect United States government classified information.

Israeli officials who had hacked into the Kaspersky Lab, a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, alerted the USA about an unreported, wide scale Russian intrusion, following which Kaspersky software was removed from government computers on September 13, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

It is known that Russian hackers stole classified documents from a National Security Agency employee who had stored them on his home computer which featured Kaspersky antivirus software, the paper said.

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Israeli intelligence hacked the Russian AV company in 2014 in what the firm subsequently dubbed Duqu 2.0 attacks, when it discovered the breach of its systems months later. The contractor was found to have Kaspersky software installed on his computer and, after the Israeli hackers shared their intel with their NSA counterparts, it was believed that the Russians had used the same technique to steal confidential data from the contactor's computer.

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Kaspersky Lab issued a statement on Tuesday denying any involvement in the Russian hacks: "Kaspersky Lab reiterates its willingness to work alongside US authorities to address any concerns they may have about its products", the statement read.

The report said the Israelis had gained the information about Russian hackers using Kaspersky's products to scan U.S. systems from a break-in into Kaspersky's systems back in 2014.

The Moscow-based company, whose range of products are reportedly used by around 400 million people globally, said it was not responsible for the alleged cyber-espionage.

Kaspersky has published a statement saying that it was not involved in and does not have knowledge of the situation. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts".

According to the report, Kaspersky uses a tool called "silent signatures" to detect malware on computers.

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