Israeli Hackers Allegedly Detected Russian Cyberattack On U.S. By Hacking Kaspersky Network

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Israeli Hackers Allegedly Detected Russian Cyberattack On U.S. By Hacking Kaspersky Network

According to a story published by the New York Times on October 10, Israeli government hackers apparently hacked into Kaspersky’s network in 2015 and caught Russians trying to hack the US government.

This follows up a previous story by published the Wall Street Journal on October 5, claiming that Kaspersky, a Russian antivirus provider, left a backdoor in its software, which the Russian government hackers used to steal highly classified NSA documents and hacking tools in 2015.

Having quoted multiple anonymous sources from US intelligence community, the 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. That is, if the incident even really happened at all.

The New York Times story, quoting an anonymous source from Israeli Intelligence Agency, seems to be an another attempt to push this narrative.

“The role of Israeli intelligence in uncovering [the Kaspersky Labs] breach and the Russian hackers’ use of Kaspersky software in the broader search for American secrets have not previously been disclosed,” the New York Times reported.

According to the published story, US officials began an immediate investigation in 2015 after Israel officials notified the National Security Agency (NSA) about the possible breach.

In mid-2015, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab detected a sophisticated cyber-espionage backdoor within its corporate network and released a detailed report about the intrusion, although the company did not blame Israel for the attack.

At the time, Kaspersky said that some of the attack code the company detected shared digital fingerprints with the infamous Stuxnet worm, the malware which was developed by America and Israel to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

This suspicion of malicious Kaspersky’s behaviour eventually led the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ban and remove Kaspersky antivirus software from all of its government computers. This was followed by the US National Intelligence Council sharing a classified report concluding that the Russian FSB intelligence agency had access to Kaspersky’s databases as well as the source code.

However, 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.

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  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    The more successful Russia is in Syria and elsewhere the more the losers (the U.S. and Israel) are willing to perjure themselves in a stupid and dangerous game of mud slinging.

    • John Whitehot

      after you sank into mud to neck level there’s not much else you can do than slinging it around. But Israel probably thinks that God is going to make everything right, while the US probably wouldn’t even notice if they not only sank to the neck but hit the bottom.

  • BL

    kike’s gonna kike

  • Cyriak Papasissis

    They are trying simply to commercially damage a very successful Russian high-tech company , with high export volumes. Eugene Kaspersky is himself Jewish , but this doesn’t count for them.

  • eric zweistein

    SouthFront once again spreading fake news and propaganda. Yawn.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Yawn.

    • zman

      So you’re saying that Wall Street Journal and NYT didn’t run these stories? NYT wasn’t quoting an Israel intel officer or US intel officers? Since they are supposedly reporting what these two ‘publications’ printed and according to you this is false story, when are they going sue SF for slander? I’ll be waiting for this case.

    • Vitex

      Well, yes I agree with you. Wall Street Journal and NYT are two Jewish-owned mouthpieces of the Israeli-owned US government that reliably publish fake news. So yes, that is fake news that SouthFront is spreading, if they’re spreading WSJ and NYT

  • FlorianGeyer

    Israeli Jews tell lies. :)

  • John Whitehot

    it would make much more sense that Israeli hackers were stopped by someone, or something, in their effort to alter the election in Clinton’s favour.

  • Vitex

    So it’s OK when Israel hacks but not Russia. Or sumting.