According to a story published today by the New York Times, Israeli government hackers hacked into Kaspersky’s network in 2015 and caught Russian government hackers red-handed hacking US government hackers with the help of Kaspersky.
In other words — Russia spying on America, Israel spying on Russia and America spying on everyone.
The fact that everyone is spying on everyone is neither new nor any secret. However, somehow now Kaspersky Labs is at the center of this international espionage tale for its alleged devil role.
The Wall Street Journal, an American media agency, published a story against the Kaspersky, a Russian antivirus provider, claiming that the Russian government hackers stole highly classified NSA documents and hacking tools in 2015 from a staffer’s home PC with the help of Kaspersky Antivirus.
Wall Street Journal article failed to provide any substantial evidence to prove if Kaspersky was intentionally involved with the Russian spies or some hackers simply exploited any zero-day vulnerability in the Antivirus product.
At the time, Kaspersky said that some of the attack code the company detected shared digital fingerprints first found in the infamous Stuxnet worm, same malware which was developed by America and Israel to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.
This suspicion of malicious Kaspersky’s behavior eventually leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ban and remove Kaspersky antivirus software from all of its government computers.
Kaspersky Lab has always denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, any cyber espionage operations.
“Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts,” Kaspersky’s founder Eugene Kaspersky said in a statement.
Until now it is quite tough to judge if Kaspersky was involved in any wrongdoing, but the ball is in America’s court, who has to provide the actual evidence to the world about the highly classified Israeli counter-intelligence operation.