Russian antivirus was used to obtain classified information

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting the current and former United States officials, that Russia's authorities had allegedly updated Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software, turning into a spy tool, and used it for searching secret documents of the U.S. federal departments on computers throughout the world.

A New York Times report published Tuesday said that Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers observed attempts to piggyback on Kaspersky's government clients to steal U.S. government secrets.

The US Department of Homeland Security ordered all US government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products last month. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", a company statement said on Tuesday in response to the New York Times report. It said it was anxious that the Russian government had possibly compromised the firm.

The NIC reportedly said the FSB could use that access to hack sensitive USA government and industrial networks.

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.

Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it has no evidence to support allegations Russian Federation had used antivirus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab to spy on the United States. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.

It has repeatedly denied having anything more than correct business ties to the Kremlin, saying it is "caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight".

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



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