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Kaspersky wants to convince everyone it’s not spying for the Russians

Kaspersky Antivirus Security

The US government last month banned all Kaspersky products from being used on government-issued machines, after discovering that hackers may have used the popular anti-virus product to scan for top-secret documents on targeted computers.

Kaspersky has denied that its programs had such features, or that it assisted in any way the Russian governments or hackers with spying operations directed at the US government.

The company announced a variety of means meant to prove to the world that its products can’t be used to spy on targets.

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Kaspersky Lab accused of having knowingly assisted Russian spies

Kaspersky Antivirus Spying

Reports a few days ago said that Russia used Kaspersky antivirus software to spy on various targets including US government officials and spies. The reports went on to say that the Russian antivirus tool was used to extract sensitive top-secret information from an NSA contractor who worked on sensitive materials using his home computer that had Kaspersky installed.

Now, a new damning report says that the functionality discovered in the software could not have been put there without the company’s knowledge.

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Russian government hackers stole the NSA cyber defense plan, report claims

Russian hacking the NSA: Kaspersky

Hackers working for the Russian government stole NSA plans and documents on cyber defense off a contractor's personal computer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The article quotes sources familiar with the matter, who say that a contractor removed "highly classified material" from the NSA's network and put it on his home computer. Hackers working for the Russian government were then able to ID the files, thanks to the contractor's use of Russian-made antivirus software from Kaspersky Labs.

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DHS vs. Kaspersky Lab: Why the US government is ditching the Russian software giant

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts.

Officials say that the prominent company poses a threat to U.S. national security and have given government agencies and departments 90 days to get rid of Kaspersky Lab software.

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Kaspersky software banned from US government agencies

Enlarge / Kaspersky Lab CEO and Chairman Eugene Kaspersky speaks at a conference in Russia on July 10, 2017. (credit: Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The Department of Homeland security ordered government agencies to stop using any software products made by Kaspersky Lab. The department cited concern about possible ties between Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence.

Agencies in the executive branch are expected to begin the process of discontinuing Kaspersky products within 90 days.

According to a DHS statement, posted online by Reuters reporter Dan Volz:

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