Russian antivirus was used to obtain classified information

A computer screen full of code

A computer screen full of code

Kaspersky strongly denies any involvement in the hacking, with a spokesperson telling us: "Kaspersky Lab was not involved in and does not possess any knowledge of the situation in question".

The company disclosed the agreement as the Kremlin dismissed claims by several US newspapers that Israeli intelligence officials had determined that Russian government hackers were using Kaspersky's software for espionage. And given such Russian hacking operation were discovered some time ago, there's a chance that Kaspersky may have patched a backdoor, if it indeed existed, as part of its regular software updates.

The company was founded by an engineer trained at a KGB technical school. Kaspersky Lab has been named a "Leader" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms.

The Russians were able to hack into the home computer of an NSA employee by using an antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company with over 400 million users worldwide.

Russian Federation reportedly spied on the USA using popular antivirus software by Kaspersky Lab. Germany's cybersecurity agency said it has seen no reason to warn against using the program. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, they must remove the software, on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk. They added there was no evidence of weakness in the software.

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 first noticed intrusion by Israel referenced in The New York Times story back in 2015, when it reported that "a sophisticated cyberespionage actor" had infiltrated its systems using code that resembled a previous attack.

"There are no plans to warn against the use of Kaspersky products since the BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software", BSI said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kaspersky has repeatedly said it has not helped Russian Federation or any other government engage in espionage. Eugene Kaspersky, the company's co-founder and chief executive, continues to deny accusations that the company practices espionage on behalf of the Russian government.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation previous year in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies.

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