Hackers Hacked the Hackers that Hacked Kaspersky

The NSA is spying on everyone around the world.

That’s the conclusion after the recent information that has come to light. Israel says it gained access to Kaspersky system in 2015, and while Israel was in their systems, Russian hackers were observed gaining access to the same information systems. Russia was spying on the United States through Kaspersky while Israel was spying on Russia through Kaspersky with the NSA doing its NSA thing, or as Handmaids Tale would say “Under His Eye.”

From a New York Times Article that came out today 10/11/17:


It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.

What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such global reach was its improvised search tool — antivirus software made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including by officials at some two dozen American government agencies.

The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky’s network alerted the United States to the broad Russian intrusion, which has not been previously reported, leading to a decision just last month to order Kaspersky software removed from government computers.


In 2015 Kaspersky released a report detailing how it found a backdoor in its systems that contained code from Stuxnet which is malware developed by the United States and Israel to sabotage Iran nuclear reactors. The question is how Kaspersky was able to detect Israeli hackers, but not Russian hackers? Nevertheless, it does not appear Kaspersky has done anything wrong but is a victim of multiple nation-state hacking groups trying to spy on each other.

There are several new outlets such as the New York Times as quoted above and the Wall Street Journal that have reported on this and they all use anonymous sources so this debacle could be grossly overstated or have not happened at all. Prudence tells you to err on the side of caution and remove Kaspersky until all evidence is weighed, but in matters like this all of the evidence may never come out, and even if it does it won’t be properly weighed. Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky, announced on Twitter that he is launching an internal investigation into the hacking claims.

For now, its a matter of removing Kaspersky, and installing another antivirus such as Sophos Home or ESET, then waiting for more information if you want to reinstall Kaspersky.