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Just how did Kaspersky get NSA code? Hookie Microsoft products

Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Labs has had a rough time of it lately. The company was recently accused of allowing Russian Intelligence to extract classified NSA documents from its servers. Although the company denied part of these claims, it has admitted that it did obtain NSA documents, albeit accidently.

In short: a worker (possibly NSA, possibly a hacker) took some NSA-created malware home, and when Kaspersky’s AV detected a backdoor in a product-key generator for Microsoft Office, it also detected the as-then-unknown Equation APT malware, which was then uploaded automatically to Kaspersky’s severs. The company claims that once CEO Eugene Kaspersky was informed of what was found he ordered the deletion of the archived data. It says it has found no evidence of hacking by Russian intelligence on its systems.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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