Russian antivirus was used to obtain classified information

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting the current and former United States officials, that Russia's authorities had allegedly updated Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software, turning into a spy tool, and used it for searching secret documents of the USA federal departments on computers throughout the world.

"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 a statement on Wednesday. This software is used by 400 million people around the globe, including USA government agencies, The New York Times reported that over two years ago Israeli officials had hacked into Kaspersky's network and then notified US counterparts of the Russian intrusion.

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

The U.S. government last month ordered Kaspersky software removed from government computers, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. Israel immediately told the U.S. about the breach. It said it was anxious that the Russian government had possibly compromised the firm.

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Germany's BSI, which also uses Kaspersky products for technical analyses, said it was in touch with US officials and other security agencies about the issue so it could take action and issue a warning on short notice if required. This access could allow cyber-attacks against the US government.

The company representatives told Sputnik that "Kaspersky Lab was not involved in and does not possess any knowledge of the situation in question", referring to allegations made by several Western media outlets regarding Israeli security services tipping off their U.S. colleagues about Russian hackers employing Kaspersky products for their nefarious alleged activities. "The company tracks more than 100 advanced persistent threat actors and operations, and for 20 years, Kaspersky Lab has been focused on protecting people and organizations from these cyber threats - its headquarters' location doesn't change that mission", the company explained.

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