Kaspersky Lab Asks for Evidence of Firm's Alleged Collusion With Russian Gov't

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Back in 2015, Israeli intelligence officials hacked into Kaspersky systems and discovered the presence of an improvised search tool used to search computers worldwide for mentions of code names of American intelligence programmes, according to The New York Times.

It said German government agencies could use software protection for clients and servers that is offered by CANCOM online GmbH, which works together with Trend Micro.

While the case of spies spying on spies has only come to light now, the Israeli intelligence officials revealed their findings to the U.S. which moved to ban the use of Kaspersky software on U.S. government computers.

Since then, USA intelligence agencies have been able to confirm that the antivirus software can be used to search computers for classified materials. It was founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky, who is now the CEO.

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

Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated by a holding company in the United Kingdom. According to Gartner, Kaspersky Lab is now the third largest vendor of consumer IT security software worldwide and the fifth largest vendor of Enterprise Endpoint Protection. It said it was anxious that the Russian government had possibly compromised the firm.

"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.

"Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, for any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts, and contrary to erroneous reports, Kaspersky Lab software does not contain any undeclared capabilities such as backdoors as that would be illegal and unethical". Eugene Kaspersky, the company's co-founder and chief executive, continues to deny accusations that the company practices espionage on behalf of the Russian government.

USA intelligence agencies have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin organized a vast digital influence operation to assist Donald Trump win the presidency, a charge Moscow still denies.

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