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Israel Caught Russia Cyber-Snooping For US Secrets

Orlondo Matamoros | Octubre 12, 2017, 00:41

The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky's network over two years ago became suspicious, after discovering evidence that Russian hackers were accessing classified U.S. programs through the computers of Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm.

The intelligence came from Israel's 2014 hack into Kaspersky's corporate systems, which was discovered by the company a year later and publicly reported, though it did not name Israel as the culprit. However it plays out, the unfolding drama will certainly hurt the software maker's footprint in the U.S., where Congress has already taken action to purge the government of the company's software.

This week, the New York Times revealed that U.S. intelligence was actually tipped off about the Russian government hacking Kaspersky Lab software by Israeli intelligence officers who observed Russia in action during the course of their own spying efforts.

This breach is likely linked to the fact that just last month the Department of Homeland Security ordered that Kaspersky products be pulled from the systems of all executive branch agencies, citing "information security risks".

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, has vehemently denied any knowledge of incidents throughout the entire furore. The official went on to explain that the Kaspersky software was designed in a way that it would have had to be programmed to look for specific keywords.

In Washington, the Russian Embassy said last month that the ban on the Kaspersky software was regrettable and that it had delayed prospects of restoring any bilateral ties.

The Israelis allegedly installed multiple backdoors and info-stealing tools in a bid to gather intelligence on a UN-Iran nuclear deal from hotels and conference rooms used by the Security Council to discuss the deal.

Criticism of the software was first raised following accusations of Russian interference in the US presidential election, although did not present any arguments regarding its safety.

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It is known that Russian hackers stole classified documents from a National Security Agency employee who had stored them on his home computer which featured Kaspersky antivirus software, the paper said.

Kaspersky spokeswoman Sarah Kitsos told the Washington Post on Tuesday that "as a private company, Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russia, and the only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight".

"They provided their NSA counterparts with solid evidence of the Kremlin campaign in the form of screenshots and other documentation, according to the people briefed on the events". Like all anti-virus tools, it performs a full scan of the computer before removing or neutering any dangerous files and sending a report back.