Kaspersky Labs has helped spy agency NSA detect serious security breaches Technology


Company for computer security Kaspersky Labs, whose software was banned in the US government in 2017, one year ago it helped the spy agency NSA in order to uncover one of the biggest security failures in their history, local media reported on Thursday.

Politico and The Washington Post reported that a Moscow-based anti-malware product manufacturer told the National Security Agency (NSA) that it was one of its contractors, Harold Martin, I contacted him via messages encrypted on Twitter.

Messages reached Kaspersky just before a group of computer hackers who published on the Internet a series of tools used by the Intelligence Agency to spy on communications and computers from governments and foreign authorities.

After hackers have published information, they are researchers Kaspersky They believed that there was a link with Martin's messages and that they had been informed by the NSA.

A few weeks later, in August 2016, federal agents arrested the contractor and found that in his home for more than two decades he collected a lot of confidential NSA data, codes and computer programs.

The finding was considered to be the largest leakage of classified information in the history of the United States.

According to the media, Twitter messages were used to justify an order to investigators to check Martin's home.

A few months later, the NSA decided that Kaspersky could contribute to the second leak of its hacking tools and in September 2017 officially banned the use of its software on computers participating in government operations.

US secret service officials, including NSA leader Michael Rogers, have suggested that Kaspersky has close links with the Russian intelligence service.

The company denies this charge, which was a serious blow to Kaspersky's business, which has been able to obtain an antivirus program on hundreds of millions of computers around the world for two decades.


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