Amid concern that cybersecurity software made by Kapersky Lab is vulnerable to intrusion by Russian intelligence services, the US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday barred American federal agencies from using the company’s products. It said in a statement that “the Russian government could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems”, directly affecting US national security. It noted that Russian law permits the country’s intelligence agencies “to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks”. The company is reported to have a close working relationship with Russia’s FSB intelligence agency. Continue reading
Have you also ever wondered if those constant Windows ‘updates’ throughout the years were more than updates?
It’s also interesting to note that the researchers come from Kaspersky Lab, a Russian company headquartered in Moscow, which produces anti-virus software (and more) that millions of Americans use and trust.
Having said that, are the Russians infiltrating American citizen’s computers as well as ‘high value’ targets?
Kaspersky: ‘Equation Group’ attacked ‘high value targets’
America’s National Security Agency (NSA) has infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet and dating back at least 14 years, and possibly up to two decades, according to an analysis by Kaspersky labs and subsequent reports.
The agency is said to have compromised hard drive firmware for more than a dozen top brands, including Seagate, Western Digital, IBM, Toshiba, Samsung and Maxtor, Kaspersky researchers revealed. Continue reading