Israeli spies spotted Russian hackers spying on U.S. hackers, say reports

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky software as a sort of Google search to find sensitive data stored by US government agencies and others.

According to the New York Times, in 2015, the Israeli hackers found out about what Kaspersky's role from the U.S. espionage agency.

The US Department of Homeland Security ordered all US government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products last month.

Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, according to media reports this week.

The Israelis are said to have notified the USA, which led to the ban on Kaspersky programs.

Germany's domestic BSI intelligence agency said Wednesday that it has "no evidence" to back reports that Russian hackers exploited global civilian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab to hunt for classified American intelligence programs.

Classified documents are reported to have been stolen from the home computer of a US National Security Agency (NSA) employee who installed Kaspersky's antivirus software. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", a company statement said on Tuesday in response to the New York Times report.

The NSA, the White House and the Israeli embassy in Washington have not commented on the matter.

The New York Times said that the Russian embassy had not responded to a request for comment.

That access, it concluded, could help enable cyber attacks against United States government, commercial and industrial control networks, the Post reported.

Eugene Kaspersky, a businessman and former Russian Defense Ministry official, founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997.

In a statement at the time of The Wall Street Journal article, Kaspersky said: As a private company, (we do) 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.

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