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Kaspersky calls BS on claims it enabled hack on NSA contractor

Patrick Semansky  AP

"Kaspersky Lab has not been provided any evidence substantiating the company's involvement in the alleged incident reported by the Wall Street Journal on October 5, 2017, and it is unfortunate that news coverage of unproven claims continue to perpetuate accusations about the company", the firm said in a statement. The company said in a statement that it "has not been provided any information or evidence substantiating this alleged incident". He said the product's user license agreement, which few customers probably read, allows this.

These documents provide details on how our government agencies get into "foreign computer networks" and how we defend ourselves "against cyberattacks".

"If the antivirus software was pulling back data with no code - for example, strategic documents containing classified information - that's the nail in the coffin", Kennedy said, adding it would be a "catastrophic" for the company.

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave civilian agencies, on DHS networks, 90 days to identify and remove Kaspersky software, unless the agencies were directed otherwise.

If this is true, not only will this optimise Russian defensive capabilities but it provides the Russian hackers with valuable insights into how to infiltrate the networks of United States and other nations. Efforts are now being made to discover how much information was leaked and who stole it.

Russian security firm Kaspersky has once again been accused of wrongdoing in the USA in a new case involving hacking of the National Security Association (NSA). Not only because the agency holds the keys to our national security, but also because the NSA collects data on millions of people around the world in its dragnet global surveillance operation.

The company said it appears to be caught in the middle of a "geopolitical fight". And since Kaspersky is a Russian company, there's a chance its antivirus scan was monitored by Russian-government linked hackers. The software was then used as a vulnerability by Russian individuals or organizations who stole the confidential data. "We make no apologies for being aggressive in the battle against cyberthreats".

The WSJ report could ratchet up tension over USA claims of a surge in hacking of American targets by Russians, including the targeting of state election agencies and the hacking of Democratic Party computers in a bid to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in favour of Republican Donald Trump.

US Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Armed Services Committee, chastised the NSA in a statement.

The worker was employed at Tailored Access Operations, which is an elite unit of NSA's hacking division that creates tools for penetrating computers in order to obtain foreign intelligence.

A former senior intelligence official told NBC News the NSA worker put the information on a computer that used Kaspersky anti-virus software.