Kaspersky AV used as a spying attack vector

THURSDAY JUNE 6 2013 FILE

The paper reported that the contractor had used antivirus software by Russia-based Kaspersky Lab that made it possible for the hackers to identify and target the contractor's files. The theft was discovered last spring but is said to have occurred sometime in 2015.

WSJ said it was the first known incident of Russian hackers using Kaspersky software to spy on Washington.

The incident underscores the risks of using products as seemingly innocuous as antivirus software, which can be exploited for national security purposes.

This case followed the much-more-public 2013 revelation of Edward Snowden, who fled his job as an NSA contractor, stealing a treasure trove of classified information on United States data-collection programs.

Furthermore, the US Senate approved a bill to ban them from use by the federal government, citing concerns the company may be a pawn of the Kremlin and poses a national security risk. Those may have included NSA code and documents describing software that, in practice, act like malware targeting computer networks of other nations.

The implication, then, is that somehow the files being flagged by Kaspersky's anti-virus software and Russian Federation swooping in to copy them are linked - but, naturally, the company denies any wrongdoing or collusion.

This news comes just a few months after the US government officially removed Kaspersky from its official list of pre-approved security vendors.

The paper reported on Thursday that the NSA contractor, a Vietnamese national who was working to create replacements for the hacking tools leaked by Edward Snowden, was hacked on his personal computer after he took his work home.

Senate Launches Probe of NNPC GMD Over Kachikwu's Allegations
Baru later joined Muslim faithful, including Buhari for the Juma'at service in a mosque inside the Presidential Villa. The meeting with Buhari is coming three days after a memo from the Minister to the president leaked to the press.

Intelligence officials often stress that the NSA and its sibling agencies have a "layered" cyberdefense that is larger than any single tool or system.

Given the U.S. government's recent decision to ban the use of Kaspersky AV software, one might assume Kaspersky itself acted maliciously.

Kaspersky Lab is a Russian company with alleged ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage.

Whether or not Kaspersky was aware of this particular incident, the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive in September banning the USA government from using any cybersecurity software from Kaspersky Lab.

Instead what appears to have happened is that the AV software indicated the existence of the NSA secret data, which told the Russian hackers what computer to penetrate and where to look.

'We make no apologies for being aggressive in the battle against malware and cybercriminals.

"NSA needs to get its head out of the sand and solve its contractor problem". The FBI has warned the private sector not to use Kaspersky software, and President Donald Trump banned all government agencies from using it in September.

The information could help the Russians guard their own networks, making it more hard for American spooks to surveil Russia.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Justice League Trailer Coming, Hero Images Revealed
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:13
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson told Vulture "there's no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity". Though Affleck will continue to essay Batman , he has finally opened up about the criticism with which the film was greeted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mitsubishi drops more details on e-Evolution Concept
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:13
It can also control certain functions through voice commands, such as windshield wipers, climate control, lighting, etc. Set to debut later this month in Tokyo, the e-Evolution will provide a peek at the electric SUV of Mitsubishi's future.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Free 'Stranger Things' mobile game revels in the arcade '80s
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:12
In case you've been living in the upside-down for the last few weeks, the second season of " Stranger Things " is imminent. Some of the puzzles in the game will require players to use the special abilities of their selected characters.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Administration Announces Broad Exemptions for HHS Mandate
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:11
This could lead to many American women who now receive no-cost contraception having to pay out of pocket for their medication. The Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby , and after that case closely-held corporations could opt out of the mandate.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Las Vegas Shooter Booked Rooms in Chicago Facing Lolapalooza
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:10
Authorities have been trying to reconstruct Paddock's movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. Police recovered almost 50 firearms from three locations they searched, almost half of them from the hotel suite.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Death toll at Brazil day care center rises to 7
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:08
It was also revealed that he was sacked from his position in September. The suspect died of his injuries at the hospital. I want to express my sympathy to the families".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Top High School Prospect Justin Fields Commits To Georgia
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:08
Ultimately, the hometown Bulldogs won out over those two SEC recruiting powers, plus ACC Atlantic contender Florida State . Georgia has risen in the polls this season and is 5-0 behind true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vettel gets better of Hamilton as rain hits Japan first practice
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:07
The German further pointed out that the vehicle is working really well and that it is upto them to focus on improving their performances.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chief Minister denies handing Theresa May a P45
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:07
Tory MPs are "perfectly within their rights" to urge Theresa May to quit, a former party chairman has told the BBC . He said he had previously informed No 10 that a growing number of Tory MPs were keen to have a leadership election.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nunez return cut short as injury forces exit
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:06
They beat the Red Sox 8-2 and gave Boston a 360-degree view of how their lineup can hurt teams in a bunch of different ways. What did he tell himself after the third home run? Springer hit 34 homers despite missing time with an injury .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Steve Mnuchin Has Cost Taxpayers $800000 For Travel On Military Planes
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:06
Also: that flight to Fort Knox to see the eclipse had nothing to with the eclipse. While Mnuchin viewed the total solar eclipse that day with Sen.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man City star blasts Chelsea over controversial loan system
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:05
There was Atletico Madrid, who I nearly joined. " That's something I didn't want to experience for the third time in a row ". However, Wright-Phillips feels that Silva, with whom he played at City, is still the key component of Pep Guardiola's team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Local fighters look to honor Las Vegas at UFC 216
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:05
Johnson said he keeps two guns in his home for personal safety, "but I don't agree somebody should have so many guns. He's so good that people are like, 'Ehhh, I know who's gonna win that one'".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korean workers process salmon, snow crab shipped to US
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:04
Despite working in conditions that are effectively modern-day slavery, the jobs in China are "highly coveted" by North Koreans. They must take the few steps to the factories in pairs or groups, with North Korean minders ensuring no one strays.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tottenham ace Harry Kane: New personal chef key to form
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:04
Throughout 2017 he has been in devastating form his his club, scoring 36 goals from 31 appearances in the calendar year. Asked whether he has a guilty pleasure, Kane lowered his head bashfully and said: "Apple crumble".