Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data

Oct 6, 2017

Russian Hackers stole information “belonging to the National Security Agency about America’s cyber defense from the home computer of a U.S. government contractor.” The contractor was using Kaspersky antivirus software. “The stolen material included details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying and how it defends networks inside the U.S.” The case represents the first known instance of the Russians using Kaspersky to infiltrate the United States national security. Kaspersky was founded by a “computer scientist who was trained at a KGB-sponsored technical school.” The NSA has never allowed the software to be put on its work computers. But there are “no prohibitions on it being used on employee’s private home computers.”