Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks

Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks

Current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the Kaspersky antivirus was used to perform secret searches for specific terms including "top secret", in addition to its usual antivirus scanning operations.

"Kaspersky Lab reiterates its willingness to work alongside USA authorities to address any concerns they may have about its products as well as its systems, and respectfully requests any relevant, verifiable information that would help the company in its own investigation to certifiably refute the false accusations".

"Israel notified the NSA, where alarmed officials immediately began a hunt for the breach, according to people familiar with the matter, who said an investigation by the agency revealed that the tools were in the possession of the Russian government", they reported on Tuesday.

"Top secret" may be written on classified government documents, and that's how the antivirus software might have detected sensitive material. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software.

Israel is believed to have first alerted the USA that Kaspersky was spying on computers and looking for American intelligence information.

Israel tipped off the United States about a Russian hacking operation to obtain classified information from the National Security Agency, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

This led to the decision last month for Kaspersky software removed from government computers by Washington.

The NIC reportedly said the FSB could use that access to hack sensitive U.S. government and industrial networks.

Eugene Kaspersky, a businessman and former Russian Defense Ministry official, founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997.

Kaspersky Lab denied to the Times any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Russian hacking.

As of 2016, the software has about 400 million users and has the largest market-share of cybersecurity software vendors in Europe.

"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, for any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts, and contrary to erroneous reports, Kaspersky Lab software does not contain any undeclared capabilities such as backdoors as that would be illegal and unethical".