Israel Caught Russia Cyber-Snooping For US Secrets

Kaspersky Lab At Cybertech Europa 2017 at Roma Convention Center

Kaspersky Lab At Cybertech Europa 2017 at Roma Convention Center

Kaspersky Lab denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Russian hacking.

The firm added that never helped and will not help the government in matters of cyber espionage.

Kaspersky currently operates in 200 countries and territories with the help of 3,300 highly qualified specialists.

He stated that almost everything needs to be protected today and that it would not be sensible to train focus on only one particular structure.

This procedure was a useful way for Russian intelligence to survey and retrieve contents of classified machines. Kaspersky employees, the official continued, "likely" would have known such a thing was happening.

Kaspersky, a multinational company with headquarters in Moscow, produces widely-lauded antivirus software and boasts over 400 million customers worldwide. Of late, the reason for the suspicion has become clear.

Since then, the Department of Homeland Security has instructed all federal civilian agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab software found on their networks.

It is not publicly known what other secrets from the U.S. the hackers from Russia might have stolen by turning the software of Kaspersky into something similar to Google search, wrote the Times in its report. A group that collects intelligence (i.e. spies) on foreign targets. Still, the U.S. government has produced no public evidence showing that the company has been somehow, knowingly or unknowingly, compromised by the Russian government. Israeli intelligence apparently had a long and prosperous run of data and information from its own exploitation of the Kaspersky anti-virus products, including using it to spy on the Iranian-Western Powers nuclear talks from which Jerusalem was excluded. And now that's all over the news.

"Given that the Russians have so far got away with no real consequences for the biggest, most impactful operation, the hacks and influence campaign targeting the 2016 US election, I'd say they are doing pretty well". That makes it just about the perfect attack vector for the unscrupulous.

The Russian Embassy in the United States then called the decision the result of "Russophobic" politicians. In recent past, it has also introduced its industrial security solution in India which aimed to provide cybersecurity tools to government and private enterprises in India. Investigators later discovered that the Israeli hackers had implanted multiple back doors into Kaspersky's systems, employing sophisticated tools to steal passwords, take screenshots, and vacuum up emails and documents. The Russians were seemingly able to access the confidential files through the anti-virus suite of programs.

Moreover, as reported, the Israelis found out after they broke in. Another possibility is that Russian intelligence officers might have infiltrated the company without the knowledge of its executives.

The current and former government officials who described the episode spoke about it on condition of anonymity because of classification rules, the Times said.

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