Russian Hackers Compromised US Cyber Defense

Isaac Cain
October 6, 2017

Unnamed sources say an NSA contractor brought the material home with him in 2015 where it was identified by hackers working for the Russian government through the contractor's use of antivirus software made by Russia's Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky says it has more than 400 million users around the world, and U.S. security officials have long believed it works with the Russian government.

Kaspersky Lab responded in a statement, saying, "Given that Kaspersky Lab doesn't have inappropriate ties with any government, the company is disappointed with the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but also is grateful for the opportunity to provide additional information to the agency in order to confirm that these allegations are completely unfounded". It also could give the Russians methods to infiltrate the networks of the US and other nations, these people said.

"It's a lot harder to beat your opponent when they're reading your playbook, and it's even worse when someone on your team gives it to them. Russian Federation is a clear adversary in cyberspace and we can't afford these self-inflicted injuries".

"This development should serve as a stark warning, not just to the federal government, but to states, local governments, and the American public, of the serious dangers of using Kaspersky software", Shaheen said.

The Department of Homeland Security on September 13 banned Kaspersky products in federal networks and the U.S. Senate approved a bill to ban them from use by the federal government, citing concerns the company may be a pawn of the Kremlin and poses a national security risk. Kaspersky, a Russian company, is one of the largest vendors of consumer antivirus software in the world, with over 400 million users.

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As Sasse stated, NSA has got to do something about its contractors.

The man apparently did not knowingly work for a foreign government, but knew that removing classified information without authorization was a violation of NSA policies and potentially a criminal act, the sources said.

That and other details appear in a transcript federal prosecutors filed in court Wednesday detailing the interrogation of 25-year-old linguist Reality Winner by the FBI as they carried out a search warrant at her home in June.

As ABC News previously reported, the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation of Kaspersky Lab several years ago.

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