By Rick Richardson
Kaspersky antivirus software is used by 400 million people worldwide, including by officials at some two dozen American government agencies.
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Kaspersky is a Russian company that has now been found to be spying on all of the spy organizations in the west as a tool of Russian intelligence to scour computers worldwide for useful intelligence. Israel Intelligence Services have been spying on Kaspersky for the past two years and recently blew the whistle on their covert activities.
The United States has just released notification to all government agencies to remove any Kaspersky antivirus software from their offices as well as personal computers.
The Russian operation, described by multiple people who have been briefed on the matter, is known to have stolen classified documents from a National Security Agency employee who had improperly stored them on his home computer, on which Kaspersky’s antivirus software was installed. What additional American secrets the Russian hackers may have gleaned from multiple agencies, by turning the Kaspersky software into a sort of Google search for sensitive information, is not yet publicly known.
If you are running any Kaspersky software on any of your computers, you would be wise to remove it immediately.