Germany: 'No evidence' Russian Federation used Kaspersky software to spy on US

The Kremlin and Russia's Kaspersky Lab, a software maker known for its anti-virus programs, have dismissed U.S. media reports that the company stole sensitive data from a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor using its tools on behalf of the Russian government, saying the allegations lack evidence. This software is used by 400 million people around the globe, including USA government agencies, The New York Times reported that over two years ago Israeli officials had hacked into Kaspersky's network and then notified US counterparts of the Russian intrusion.

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

The Washington Post had also reported that the Israeli spies discovered hacking tools that could only originated from the U.S. National Security Agency in Kaspersky's network. It said it was anxious that the Russian government had possibly compromised the firm.

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

It is not yet publicly known what other USA secrets the Russian hackers may have discovered by turning the Kaspersky software into a sort of Google search for sensitive information, the Times said.

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"The BSI has no indications at this time that the process occurred as described in the media".

The software is made by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow firm that is under scrutiny amid allegations of aiding Kremlin-backed espionage. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software.

Kaspersky Lab has denied any vulnerability to government influence.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation a year ago in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies.

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