Israeli Intelligence Busted Russian Hacking of US Intelligence

Israelis 'watched Russians use Kaspersky wares to find NSA malware'

Kaspersky's researchers noted that attackers had managed to burrow deep into the company's computers and evade detection for months.

"The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security", DHS said at the time.

Classified documents are reported to have been stolen from the home computer of a US National Security Agency (NSA) employee who installed Kaspersky's antivirus software. "Furthermore, as the article itself notes, Kaspersky Lab publicly reported the attack, and the company offered its assistance to affected or interested organizations to help mitigate this threat".

Germany's BSI, which also uses Kaspersky products for technical analyses, said it was in touch with U.S. officials and other security agencies about the issue so it could take action and issue a warning on short notice if required. The Russians were seemingly able to access the confidential files through the anti-virus suite of programs.

"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", the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.

Israeli intelligence spying on government hackers from Russia found the hackers used Kaspersky Lab software that is used as well by more than 400 million people worldwide, including governmental agencies in the U.S., said a media report this week.

The Israeli hackers are described as having spotted Russian hackers searching for NSA hacking tools after they themselves breached Kaspersky's internal systems.

Regina Barzilay, a 46-year-old computer scientist who received her B.A. and M.S. degrees from Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, was honored for her work in "developing machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze vast amounts of human language data". Kaspersky told the Washington Post the company 'does not possess any knowledge' of Israel's hack.

Criticism of the software was first raised following accusations of Russian interference in the US presidential election, although did not present any arguments regarding its safety.

While digging around inside Kaspersky's systems, the Israeli were looking for the Moscow-based business's research into the NSA and the UK's counterparts, GCHQ.

Iran is seeking to shut down operations in the country by the Israeli-made mobile navigation app Waze, ynetnews.com reports.

In Washington, the Russian Embassy said last month that the ban on the Kaspersky software was regrettable and that it had delayed prospects of restoring any bilateral ties.

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