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Israeli Intelligence Operation Breaches Kaspersky Lab

Reports says that a clandestine operation by Israel was able to exploit Kaspersky Lab, with information from the hack subsequently shared with U.S. intelligence officials.

The Israeli intelligence operations were able to gain access and find files as well as hacking tools on the Kaspersky Lab network that appeared to be stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency. Israeli officials then reportedly informed their U.S intelligence counterparts of their findings.

The new reports on Israeli involvement come a week after an Oct. 5 report in the Wall Street Journal alleging that Russian hackers were able to steal secrets from the NSA by way of Kaspersky Lab software.

For its part, Kaspersky Lab is still trying to figure out if the reports are accurate and what actually happened.

The initial speculation from Kaspersky and others about the Duqu 2.0 malware attack was that it was developed by the State of Israel and was also used against negotiators involved in the Iranian nuclear arms negotiations deal that was being discussed in 2015.

During a press conference discussing the Duqu 2.0 breach, Kaspersky said the attackers were in his network for several months prior to being detected.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or inappropriate involvement with Russian intelligence officials. Allegation of Russian intelligence involvement with Kaspersky Lab has led to the company’s software being banned by the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. federal agencies.

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