Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky for hacks

Discuss various technical topics not related to Mozilla.
Gingerbread Man

User avatar
Posts: 7449
Joined: January 30th, 2007, 10:55 am

Post Posted October 10th, 2017, 11:01 pm

Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks: media
October 11, 2017
Reporting by Eric Walsh; editing by Grant McCool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky’s network over two years ago then warned their U.S. counterparts of the Russian intrusion, said The New York Times, which first reported the story.

That led to a decision in Washington only last month to order Kaspersky software removed from government computers.

The Washington Post also reported on Tuesday that the Israeli spies had also found in Kaspersky's network hacking tools that could only have come from the U.S. National Security Agency.

After an investigation, the NSA found that those tools were in possession of the Russian government, the Post said.


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


Omega X

User avatar
Posts: 7873
Joined: October 18th, 2007, 2:38 pm
Location: A Parallel Dimension...

Post Posted October 12th, 2017, 2:01 am

Poor Kapersky. They were used as a backdoor and basically just got shut out of the U.S.. Stores are taking down Kapersky products and the Gov't just basically banned those products from ALL of their systems.
Latest: Firefox/56.0 *ESR/52.4.0 - Mobile/56.0 - Thunderbird/52.4.0 - SeaMonkey/2.48
Nightly: Nightly/58.0a1 - Mobile/58.0a1 - Daily/58.0a1 - SeaMonkey/2.49a1

Posts: 2359
Joined: February 3rd, 2009, 6:29 pm

Post Posted October 12th, 2017, 4:40 am

Germany’s intelligence agencies say they’ve found “no evidence” to suggest these reports are true.


User avatar
Posts: 11521
Joined: October 19th, 2007, 4:23 am
Location: ... Da' Swamp

Post Posted October 12th, 2017, 1:03 pm

Some of the details in these articles would make it seem plausible if not a consideration.
Anonymous report
againski but newer

It seems to me where there's smoke there's fire and it's disappointing to see Kaspersky in this predicament.
It would also seem to raise questions about how really good is any security.


User avatar
Posts: 617
Joined: December 16th, 2015, 3:59 am
Location: Moscow, Russia

Post Posted October 13th, 2017, 7:57 am

I've always been 100% sure russian government uses Kaspersky as a surveillance tool. Unfortunately, I can't get rid of AV due to mental problems. I am also surprised american government used Kaspersky, why not to use Norton/Symantec/McAfee instead?
I am an idiot. Sorry for my poor English. Current list of config tweaks:


User avatar
Posts: 1899
Joined: July 24th, 2008, 5:52 am

Post Posted October 13th, 2017, 8:16 am

Ups, I don't know how I missed Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky for hacks thread ](*,)
Virtualfox persona

Are you ready for deprecation of XUL & XBL & XPCOM extensions? Not?! Try Firefox ESR


User avatar
Posts: 2135
Joined: November 10th, 2004, 1:33 pm
Location: Wales

Post Posted October 13th, 2017, 10:53 am

ESET works a treat if you're looking for recommendations. I did test BitDefender a while back but it kept causing me problems so I had to take it out.
Visit My Blog if you want to hear more.

Ryan Jones


User avatar
Posts: 27003
Joined: June 18th, 2003, 3:07 pm
Location: Made in Canada

Post Posted October 13th, 2017, 1:56 pm

merged newer thread into this one.

Return to MozillaZine Tech

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest