Germany: 'No evidence' Russian Federation used Kaspersky software to spy on US

Postado Outubro 12, 2017

The BSI, which uses Kaspersky products, was responding to an article in The New York Times on Tuesday that detailed how Israeli intelligence had gained access to Russian government hackers' computers in 2014 and determined they were using the antivirus software to spy on the USA government.

According to this report, Israeli spies hacked Kaspersky, and they found Russian spies were also rooting around in their network. It said it was anxious that the Russian government had possibly compromised the firm. The anti-virus vendor is used by 400 million people globally, including USA government agencies.

That access, it concluded, could help enable cyber attacks against United States government, commercial and industrial control networks, the Post reported.

In antivirus "Kaspersky Lab" was spelled out an in depth scan documents on the computers to search for classified information.

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", a company statement said on Tuesday in response to the New York Times report.

The newspaper said the National Security Agency and the White House declined to comment, as did the Israeli Embassy, while the Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

Eugene Kaspersky, the company's co-founder and chief executive, has repeatedly denied charges his company conducts espionage on behalf of the Russian government.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation previous year in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies.

Kaspersky has published a statement saying that it was not involved in and does not have knowledge of the situation.