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Reports: US Kaspersky Purge a Result of Israeli Intel Hack

Reports: US Kaspersky Purge a Result of Israeli Intel Hack
(Kirill Kallinikov/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:12 PM

Israeli intelligence officers reportedly hacked into the network of Russian company Kaspersky Lab to spy on Moscow-aligned hackers searching computers around the world for the code names of American intel programs.

The Israeli officials alerted the United States to the broad Russian intrusion, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported — leading to a decision last month to order Kaspersky anti-virus software removed from government computers.

As The Wall Street Journal first reported, the Russian operation stole classified documents from a National Security Agency employee who had improperly stored them on his home computer, on which Kaspersky's antivirus software was installed.

But the role of Israeli intelligence in uncovering the breach and the Russian hackers' use of Kaspersky software in the broader search for American secrets have not previously been disclosed, the outlets noted.

Kaspersky Lab denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Russian hacking — and did not discover the Israeli intrusion into its systems until mid-2015, when a Kaspersky engineer testing a new detection tool noticed unusual activity in the company's network, the news outlets reported.

The company investigated and detailed its findings in June 2015 report.

According to the Times, there has long been speculation Kaspersky's popular antivirus software might provide a back door for Russian intelligence.

"Antivirus is the ultimate back door," Blake Darch�, a former NSA operator and co-founder of Area 1 Security told the Times. "It provides consistent, reliable, and remote access that can be used for any purpose, from launching a destructive attack to conducting espionage on thousands or even millions of users."

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Kaspersky anti-virus software was removed from U.S. government computers after Israeli officials alerted the United States to the broad Russian intrusion by hacking into the network of Russian company Kaspersky Lab.
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