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Germany: 'No evidence' Russian Federation used Kaspersky software to spy on US

12 October 2017

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting the current and former U.S. officials, that Russia's authorities had allegedly updated Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software, turning into a spy tool, and used it for searching secret documents of the USA federal departments on computers throughout the world.

Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it has no evidence to support allegations Russian Federation had used antivirus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab to spy on the United States.

The US government banned the use of Kaspersky software in federal offices last month, saying the Moscow-based company has risky ties to Russian intelligence that threatened US national security.

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The Washington Post had also reported that the Israeli spies discovered hacking tools that could only originated from the U.S. National Security Agency in Kaspersky's network. The anti-virus vendor is used by 400 million people globally, including United States government agencies.

The Russian government has used popular antivirus software for the search of secret documents around the world. This access could allow cyber-attacks against the USA government.

The current and former government officials who described the episode spoke about it on condition of anonymity because of classification rules, the Times said.

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The software is made by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow firm that is under scrutiny amid allegations of aiding Kremlin-backed espionage.

The company issued a statement saying that "as a private company, Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russian Federation, and the only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight", the Washington Post reported.

US 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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