23.10.2021

Kaspersky Lab software was used for espionage

The antivirus was looking for classified materials in users’ computers, according to the WSJ

The antivirus searched for folders with the terms Top Secret.

Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software has been used all over the world to search for US government documents with top-secret information. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing knowledgeable sources.

The publication claims that modifications have been made to the antivirus software that allow you to search for classified files on users’ computers and use the information found as an espionage tool.

“Antivirus programs scan computer systems and, along with viruses, look for terms such as” top secret “that may have been written on classified government documents, as well as secret code names for US government programs,” the newspaper writes.

The newspaper notes that the number of computers to which the program got access is not yet known. It is also unclear if any classified materials were stolen in this way.

In turn, Kaspersky Lab denies any involvement in such manipulations and is ready to interact with the US authorities on this issue.

As reported, Russian hackers managed to steal classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2015.

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