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US bans Kaspersky products after Russian hackers were found using software

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US bans Kaspersky products after Russian hackers were found using software

Russian hackers have been reportedly found using Kaspersky software and the discovery has led US officials to order federal agencies to remove the company’s products from their networks, the New York Times reports.

Israeli intelligence officials spying on hackers linked to the Russian government found that one of their target’s favorite tools was Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software, which is used by 400 million people around the world, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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The Israeli officials, who had detected the hacking two years ago, alerted the US that Russian hackers were using the software as a sort of Google search engine for sensitive information, the Times reported, leading the Trump administration to order federal agencies to remove the Moscow-based cybersecurity software company’s products from their networks.

The Israeli spies also found hacking tools in Kaspersky networks that could have only come from the National Security Agency, according to a separate report Tuesday by the Washington Post. Israel notified the NSA, which after an investigation, determined the tools were in the possession of the Russian government, the Post reported.

 

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