Israel hacked Kaspersky. This is the latest update to the developing story of Russian spies stealing NSA exploits.
The story is developing at light speed, and we are keep you updated! Basically, it is now claimed that Israeli spies hacked into Kaspersky networks only to find Russian spies snooping around, sweeping computers worldwide for any mentioning of American cyber-weapons.
— Security News (@SecurityNews_io) October 12, 2017
Kaspersky products, installed on millions of computers around the world, get most of their revenue from Western customers. The software is widely used in companies in the US, including military and government agencies. If Kaspersky finds something interesting, such as a freshly developed exploit or spyware, it uploads it to the company’s AV cloud for analysis.
The update the Israel hacked Kaspersky, was revealed in a New York Times article this week, blowing the cover on a highly sensitive Israeli cyber-operation.
“The role of Israeli intelligence in uncovering [the Kaspersky] breach and the Russian hackers’ use of Kaspersky software in the broader search for American secrets have not previously been disclosed,” the NYT reported. For good reason: the disclosure means someone in the US intelligence community is prepared to leak against – and put an abrupt end to – an Israeli operation known to America because Israel trusted its intelligence pals.
The New York Times didn’t give details on information studied by the Russians, but they they claim the Kremlin’s access to Kaspersky was maintained for two years. In fact, Kaspersky disclosed publicly in 2015, that they have been a victim to a sophisticated cyber-attack, although not naming Israel as the attacker. The company was back then infected by Duqu 2.0 spyware, a close relative to the Israeli-American malware child, Stuxnet, that successfully penetrated Iranian government’s nuclear labs, reeking havoc in them.
Naturally, Kaspersky Labs founder Eugene Kaspersky tweeted that his company has no knowledge or involvement in such Russian operation.
— Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) October 10, 2017
Now that security news that Israel hacked Kaspersky is out in the public, we will keep you posted with new updates.