Germany: 'No evidence' Russian Federation used Kaspersky software to spy on US

Antivirus program 'let in Russian spies'

The Russian government has used popular antivirus software for the search of secret documents around the world. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software.

"The BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software", the German intelligence agency said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

A New York Times report published Tuesday said that Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers observed attempts to piggyback on Kaspersky's government clients to steal United States government secrets.

The Russian operatives were reportedly using a Kaspersky antivirus program, which is widely used to scan a computer for malicious files, as a quasi-search engine to scan for codenames of USA intelligence programs.

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That led to a decision in Washington only last month to order Kaspersky software be removed from government computers. Around 400 million people worldwide use the company's software. Thus, the Russian government turned "Kaspersky antivirus" tool for espionage, the article says The Wall Street Journal.

The Israeli spies found that Kaspersky's network also contained hacking tools that could only have come from the US National Security Agency, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. This access could allow cyber-attacks against the US government.

Germany's domestic BSI intelligence agency said Wednesday that it has "no evidence" to back reports that Russian hackers exploited global civilian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab to hunt for classified American intelligence programs. Eugene Kaspersky, its founder trained at a KGB-funded institute.

Moscow has been accused of staging cyberattacks against the U.S. and European Union countries in recent years.

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