US intelligence agencies are claiming that the Russian government leveraged the popularity of Kaspersky Labs’ cybersecurity software to create what is tantamount to a global spy network with the company’s explicit cooperation. However, Germany’s intelligence agencies say they’ve found ‘no evidence’ to suggest these reports are true.
The Wall Street Journal, which last week reported that the US had identified at least one case of Kaspersky’s software improperly copying classified information, is back with another ‘exclusive’ spoon fed to it by anonymous ‘senior US officials’ alleging that Kaspersky allowed Russian government malware to piggy back on its software. The malware scanned for and copied files labeled ‘top secret,’ not just in the US, but globally. Though WSJ neglects to list other countries that are suspected victims of Russian hacking.
Meanwhile, Germany’s BSI federal cyber agency said on Wednesday it had found no evidence to suggest that Russian hackers had used Kaspersky’s software to spy on US authorities. “There are no plans to warn against the use of Kaspersky products since the BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software,” BSI said in an emailed response to questions about the latest media reports. “The BSI has no indications at this time that the process occurred as described in the media,” according to Reuters.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 12, 2017.