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Spy vs spy vs spy as Israel watches Russian hackers

The US National Intelligence Council report completed late last month concluded Russia's FSB (Federal Security Service) intelligence service had "probable access" to Kaspersky customer databases and source code, the Post reported.

Israeli intelligence had hacked into the Kaspersky network and upon detecting the Russian intrusion, alerted the United States.

Until this is resolved, it's pretty hard to justify leaving Kaspersky software on any computer. Israel notified the NSA, which after an investigation, determined the tools were in the possession of the Russian government, the Post reported.

And late last month, the US National Intelligence Council completed a classified report that it shared with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had "probable access" to Kaspersky Lab customer databases and source code, the Post reported.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Russian agents stole classified documents from an N.S.A. contractor using the Kaspersky software installed on his home computer.

The current and former government officials who described the episode spoke about it on condition of anonymity because of classification rules, the Times said.

Both said they were keen to hear from the other side information on what they have termed often as "endpoint security" which they said is the core of the Kaspersky business module, especially when it comes to the small-to-medium sized business segment.

By Ashok Dixit, Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's fastest growing cyber-security companies, and the largest one to be privately owned, is all set to host the APAC Cyber Security Weekend 2017 here over the next two days.

Kaspersky Lab issued a statement on Tuesday denying any involvement in the Russian hacks: "Kaspersky Lab reiterates its willingness to work alongside US authorities to address any concerns they may have about its products", the statement read.

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



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