WSJ Story Claims Kaspersky Software Is a Tool for Russian Spying

Posted by at 12:14 pm on October 11, 2017

 The WSJ released today a story claiming the Russian government has used Kaspersky antivirus software to secretly scan computers around the world for classified government documents and top-secret information for both the U.S. and its allies.

Kaspersky Lab was founded by an engineer trained at a KGB technical school. The firm has insisted in the past that it doesn’t assist the Russian government with spying on other countries.

Today the firm said in a statement Wednesday that

“Kaspersky Lab was not involved in and does not possess any knowledge of the situation in question, and the company reiterates its willingness to work alongside U.S. authorities to address any concerns they may have about its products as well as its systems.”

Per the report, Israel first alerted the U.S. that Kaspersky software was being used to find American intelligence information, after Israel’s  penetrated the networks of Kaspersky Lab beginning in 2014.

Last month, Homeland Security banned all federal government agencies and departments from using Kaspersky products and services.

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