Russian Federation reportedly spied on the United States using popular antivirus software by Kaspersky Lab. Germany's cybersecurity agency said it has seen no reason to warn against using the program.
The Times reported that Russian hackers turned the Kaspersky software into a sort of Google search for sensitive information, and that it is not yet publicly known what other USA secrets they may have discovered.
"The BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software", the German intelligence agency said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Israeli spies warned USA intelligence that antivirus software employed by several American government agencies was being used by Kremlin-backed hackers to steal secrets (write Boer Deng and Anshel Pfeffer). Israel immediately told the U.S. about the breach. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.
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The Washington Post had also reported that the Israeli spies discovered hacking tools that could only originated from the U.S. National Security Agency in Kaspersky's network.
Germany's domestic BSI intelligence agency said Wednesday that it has "no evidence" to back reports that Russian hackers exploited global civilian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab to hunt for classified American intelligence programs. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", the company said on Tuesday.
The Russian embassy in Washington last month called the ban on Kaspersky Lab software "regrettable" and said it delayed the prospects of restoring bilateral ties. Around 400 million people worldwide use the company's software. Washington lawmakers and the intelligence community have repeatedly said Russian Federation tried to influence the USA presidential election in 2016 through a targetted hacking campaign.