Skip to comments.Russian hackers stole NSA tools using Kaspersky antivirus: report
Posted on 10/06/2017 6:35:49 AM PDT by RightGeek
Russian state hackers stole a collection of National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools and other documents from the personal computer of an agency contractor who had taken the classified documents home from work, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The reported breach took place in 2015 but wasn't discovered until spring of last year.
The Journal reports that the hackers identified the documents through Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. The Department of Homeland Security recently barred federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab products due to security concerns but has been tight-lipped about what intelligence linked the popular, Moscow-based computer security firm to specific intelligence operations.
White House cyber czar Rob Joyce has, however, repeatedly said that the Kaspersky Lab software's ability to access files on systems could be a potential way to compromise a system.
Kaspersky Lab denied any knowledge of any role in the attack, but decried "news coverage of unproven claims continu[ing] to perpetuate accusations about the company" in a written statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
I noticed that too - either the contractor(s) need some retraining or things have gotten incredibly lax.
But Hillary’s hackable server wasn’t a problem.
Hillary, Huma, Mills,...
The contractors need retraining all right...
It’s proven over and over that hackers make their living on lapses in security.
When we start holding these lazy son of a bitches accountable we’ll be well on our way to ending this crap.
So the NSA was using a Russian anti virus program. That makes about as much sense as the DNC hiring Russian IT guys. Wait! They did!
“WTF? ‘who had taken the classified documents home from work’”
I have it on the best authority that this is not a problem. All you have to do is strip the classification markings, and it’s no big deal. Just ask the SmartestWomanEver.
So Kasperski recognizes NSA tools as a hostile threat. Nice to know! Wonder why the domestic antiviruses don’t?
from the source:
A spring discovery would mean the NSA became aware of the breach just weeks before two other significant security incidents for the agency: A cryptic group known as the ShadowBrokers starting to leak alleged NSA hacking tools online and contractor Hal Martin III was arrested for hoarding classified information on his home computer.
Tell me how ‘NSA tools’ are different from regular trojan backdoor viruses? It is basically identical in function.
It is perfectly normal for advanced antivirus to detect it as such and report to developers.
The question is why other antiviruses don’t see it.
The reported breach took place in 2015 but wasn’t discovered until spring of last year.”
So there was “Russian meddling” even in the OCommie years?
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