Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks

Antivirus program 'let in Russian spies'

Antivirus program 'let in Russian spies'

"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, Russian hack1ing.

Earlier, several Western media outlets including the New York Times announced that Israeli intelligence spied on "Russian government hackers" who allegedly employed Kaspersky Lab software as an improvised search tool, and that the ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab products by the U.S. government was implemented after Washington got tipped off about this development by Israelis.

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The Russian operatives were reportedly using a Kaspersky antivirus program, which is widely used to scan a computer for malicious files, as a quasi-search engine to scan for codenames of U.S. intelligence programs. Nor is it evidently connected to a parallel leak of hacking data from the Central Intelligence Agency to WikiLeaks, which has posted classified Central Intelligence Agency documents regularly under the name Vault7.

At a conference earlier this weak, Nakatani said Interpol had received no intelligence from the United States to suggest that Kaspersky was a threat. Among them have been almost two dozen American government agencies - including the State Department, the Department of Defence, Department of Energy, Justice Department, Treasury Department and the Army, Navy and Air Force.

"Antivirus is the ultimate back door", Blake Darché, a former NSA operator and co-founder of Area 1 Security.

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In antivirus "Kaspersky Lab" was spelled out an in depth scan documents on the computers to search for classified information. Kaspersky dubbed the effort "Duqu 2.0" and drew a connection between methods used in the new intrusion and those employed by Stuxnet, a cyber weapon developed for use against Iran by the US and Israel.

That directive, which some officials thought was long overdue, was based, in large part, on intelligence gleaned from Israel's 2014 intrusion into Kaspersky's corporate systems.

In a statement, Kaspersky claimed that "as a private company, Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russian Federation, and the only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight", while Kaspersky founder, Eugene Kaspersky, claimed in a blog post that any tools found on the network were likely picked up as malware by the anti-virus program.

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