Russians used Kaspersky software for spying

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

Kaspersky, whose range of products are reportedly used by around 400 million people globally including some 20 government clients, said it was not responsible for the alleged cyber-espionage.

Russian Federation reportedly spied on the U.S. using popular antivirus software by Kaspersky Lab. Germany's cybersecurity agency said it has seen no reason to warn against using the program. After an investigation, the NSA determined that the Russian government had access to these tools.

The NIC reportedly said the FSB could use that access to hack sensitive USA government and industrial networks. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software. The anti-virus vendor is used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies.

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Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has categorically denied information that NASA information had been stolen using Kaspersky Lab tools. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", the company said on Tuesday. Eugene Kaspersky, its founder trained at a KGB-funded institute.

It has repeatedly denied having anything more than correct business ties to the Kremlin, saying it is "caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight".

USA 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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