Germany's BSI cyber agency confirmed Wednesday that there is no evidence whatsoever that security software maker Kaspersky Lab is in any way helping Russian officials, or engaged in any misconduct.They added there was no evidence of weakness in the software.
Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, according to media reports this week.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky software as a sort of Google search to find sensitive data stored by US government agencies and others.
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 USA intelligence programs.
Kaspersky, which is a Russian business, had been held in high regards by the cybersecurity community until this year when United States officials began to call for its software to be prohibited from government departments. Around 400 million people worldwide use the company's software.
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It said the Russian operation also stole classified documents from a U.S. National Security Agency employee who had improperly stored them on his home computer, which had Kaspersky antivirus software installed on it.
Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, Russian hack1ing.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) had told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that it believed Russia's intelligence service, the FSB, had "probable access" to Kaspersky data on company customers and the antivirus source code.
The New York Times said that the Russian embassy had not responded to a request for comment.
The NSA, the White House and the Israeli embassy in Washington have not commented on the matter. "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. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.
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