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    [News] Kaspersky AV used as a spying attack vector

    http://www.fudzilla.com/news/44658-k...-attack-vector

    Russian spooks used files which were part of Kaspersky?s AV product to hack an NSA contractor.

    The WSJ reported that the Russian hackers targeted the contractor after identifying the files through the contractor's use of a popular antivirus software made by Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, these people said.

    The theft is considered to be one of the most significant security breaches in recent years. It offers a rare glimpse into how the intelligence community thinks Russian intelligence exploits widely available commercial software product to spy on the US.

    The incident occurred in 2015 but wasn't discovered until spring of last year. Having such information could give the Russian government information on how to protect its own networks, making it more difficult for the NSA to conduct its work. It also could give the Russians methods to infiltrate the networks of the US and other nations, these people said.

    Ahead of the publication of the WSJ report, Kaspersky founder Eugene Kaspersky tweeted that it was a conspiracy theory and being pushed by unnamed sources. Kaspersky has just seen his US government business trashed over fears he might have been working a little closely with Putin?s spooks.

    However, he has a point. The reporting of the story is a little weird and seems to fit the NSA narrative that Kaspersky is an evil Russian puppet which smells of Nintendo.

    The Journal reports that the hackers identified the documents through Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, which really could mean anything and might not actually be Kaspersky?s fault. There is no other information about the defence contractor?s computer contained.

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    Kaspersky also implicated in the JFK assassination according to the NSA, CIA and FBI
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha0ne View Post
    Kaspersky also implicated in the JFK assassination according to the NSA, CIA and FBI
    Denial would appear to be more than a river in Egypt. You swung and whiffed.

    It is far to "coincidental" that Kaspersky has roots with Pootin and the FSB, and has ventured into critical infrastructure projects including telecommunications, power plants & electric grids, gas pipelines, IoT, et. al. Their AV software, intentionally or not, with or without additional hackery, was used to backdoor an NSA employee and snoop on critical spy tools.

    I'm not a big fan of spook works and 'No Such Agency' but Cyber is the tip of the spear in modern warfare. Better safe than a society which is cyberly neutered, I'd say ...

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    "The Wall Street Journal doesn't explicitly say that Kaspersky, as a company, helped in the data theft, but infers that the Kaspersky product may have been exploited to hack the computer it was running on."

    Now we have this:



    This is just freaking ridiculous. Following the logic of this story...if a random person uses a construction vehicle to run on a rampage you'd blame the vehicle maker for the whole situation and not the person operating said vehicle committing the crime? Good grief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EternityZX9 View Post
    This is just freaking ridiculous. Following the logic of this story...if a random person uses a construction vehicle to run on a rampage you'd blame the vehicle maker for the whole situation and not the person operating said vehicle committing the crime? Good grief.
    They do that with other things already, so sure, why not.
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    ^ How very convenient, believing ANYTHING that so called security (more like control) organs preach and is then released to the media is akin to believing in to tooth fairy
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    About as convenient as NOT believing ANYTHING about how it could be true. Just saying
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    AV causes hax, kinda like how people who payed for credit protection had their identities stolen....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    They do that with other things already, so sure, why not.
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