Russian antivirus was used to obtain classified information

12 October, 2017, 17:35 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Antivirus program 'let in Russian spies'

The Kremlin and Russia's Kaspersky Lab, a software maker known for its anti-virus programs, have dismissed United States media reports that the company stole sensitive data from a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor using its tools on behalf of the Russian government, saying the allegations lack evidence.

Germany's BSI federal cyber agency said on Wednesday it had no evidence to back media reports that Russian hackers used Kaspersky Lab antivirus software to spy on US authorities.

The US Department of Homeland Security ordered all US government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products last month. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.

And late last month, the U.S. National Intelligence Council completed a classified report that it shared with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had "probable access" to Kaspersky customer databases and source code, the Post reported.

The Post reported, The U.S. National Intelligence Council produced a classified report which was disclosed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had access to Kaspersky.

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"The BSI has no indications at this time that the process occurred as described in the media".

In antivirus "Kaspersky Lab" was spelled out an in depth scan documents on the computers to search for classified information. This access could allow cyber-attacks against the USA government.

The newspaper said the National Security Agency and the White House declined to comment, as did the Israeli Embassy, while the Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

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

US 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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