Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli Spies Found Russia Hacking with Kaspersky

Israeli Spies Found Russia Hacking with Kaspersky

From spying on the Russian government hackers, Israeli intelligence has discovered that the hackers were using Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software to spy on U.S. spies.

Kaspersky Lab denied knowledge or involvement with the Russian hacking.

As of 2016, the software has about 400 million users and has the largest market-share of cybersecurity software vendors in Europe.

The use of this improvised search tool hidden in Kaspersky software appears to have been responsible for classified documents being stolen from the NSA.

Kaspersky Lab ranks fourth in the global ranking of antivirus vendors by revenue. And given such Russian hacking operation were discovered some time ago, there's a chance that Kaspersky may have patched a backdoor, if it indeed existed, as part of its regular software updates. Kaspersky Lab has been named a "Leader" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms.

Israeli spies warned United States intelligence that antivirus software employed by several American government agencies was being used by Kremlin-backed hackers to steal secrets (write Boer Deng and Anshel Pfeffer).

The US Department of Homeland Security ordered all US government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products last month. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, they must remove the software, on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

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"According to the spokesperson, the company has not received any evidence of the allegations". They added there was no evidence of weakness in the software.

In mid-2015, Kaspersky detected an intrusion in its network and revealed it in a public report, but did not name Israel as the intruder.

Germany's BSI, which also uses Kaspersky products for technical analyses, said it was in touch with USA officials and other security agencies about the issue so it could take action and issue a warning on short notice if required.

"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, for any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts, and contrary to erroneous reports, Kaspersky Lab software does not contain any undeclared capabilities such as backdoors as that would be illegal and unethical".

Eugene Kaspersky, the company's co-founder and chief executive, has repeatedly denied charges his company conducts espionage on behalf of the Russian government.

The company "does not possess any knowledge" of Israel's hack, the Post cited the statement as saying.

USA intelligence agencies have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin organized a vast digital influence operation to assist Donald Trump win the presidency, a charge Moscow still denies.

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