Germany: "No evidence" Kaspersky software used by Russians for hacks

A New York Times report published Tuesday said that Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers observed attempts to piggyback on Kaspersky's government clients to steal U.S. government secrets. This led to the decision last month for Kaspersky software removed from government computers by Washington.

Germany's BSI, which also uses Kaspersky products for technical analyses, said it was in touch with USA officials and other security agencies about the issue so it could take action and issue a warning on short notice if required. After an investigation, the NSA determined that the Russian government had access to these tools.

The NIC reportedly said the FSB could use that access to hack sensitive USA government and industrial networks. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software. "The state neither had nor has any relation to this activity", the Kremlin spokesman told reporters, commenting on the rumor that NASA information had been stolen using Kaspersky Lab products.

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"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will it help any government in the world in 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. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.

Sarah Kitsos of Kaspersky told the Post that, "as a private company, Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russian Federation, and the only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight".

But Germany disputed U.S. officials' claims that the Moscow-based company is either collaborating with the Vladimir Putin's intelligence machine, or is being hijacked by it.

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