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

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

The New York Times reported that in 2015, Israeli intelligence officials hacked into the network of the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, and discovered that it was stealing classified documents from U.S. government computers.

The U.S. government last month ordered Kaspersky software removed from government computers, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Cybersecurity experts found Russian spies using a modified version of CCleaner to penetrate computer systems belonging to government officials, including employees at the National Security Agency, The New York Times said.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, Russian hack1ing. Eugene Kaspersky, its founder trained at a KGB-funded institute.

As of 2016, the software has about 400 million users and has the largest market-share of cybersecurity software vendors in Europe.

"There are no plans to warn against the use of Kaspersky products since the BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software", BSI said in an emailed response to questions about the latest media reports.

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Current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the Kaspersky antivirus was used to perform secret searches for specific terms including "top secret", in addition to its usual antivirus scanning operations.

Even in this case, they offered no evidence that the Russian government was specifically targeting the U.S., nor that Kaspersky knew about the intrusion.

In mid-2015, Kaspersky detected an intrusion in its network and revealed it in a public report, but did not name Israel as the intruder.

The NIC reportedly said the FSB could use that access to hack sensitive United States government and industrial networks.

"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber-espionage efforts", the company said in a statement quoted by the Times.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation previous year in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies.