Russian antivirus was used to obtain classified information

The company representatives told Sputnik that "Kaspersky Lab was not involved in and does not possess any knowledge of the situation in question", referring to allegations made by several Western media outlets regarding Israeli security services tipping off their U.S. colleagues about Russian hackers employing Kaspersky products for their nefarious alleged activities.

While the case of spies spying on spies has only come to light now, the Israeli intelligence officials revealed their findings to the United States which moved to ban the use of Kaspersky software on U.S. government computers.

Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it has no evidence to support allegations Russian Federation had used antivirus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab to spy on the United States.

And late last month, the U.S. National Intelligence Council completed a classified report that it shared with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had "probable access" to Kaspersky customer databases and source code, the Post reported.

The Russian embassy in Washington last month called the ban on Kaspersky Lab software "regrettable" and said it delayed the prospects of restoring bilateral ties.

Kaspersky Lab and Interpol agreed upon a new cooperation phase, where the Russian antivirus solutions provider will promptly provide the law enforcement authority with data regarding the newest cyber-threats, the company said on Thursday.

Now, a new damning report says that the functionality discovered in the software could not have been put there without the company's knowledge. Those reports follow the Department of Homeland Security barring federal agencies from using Kaspersky products this September. Eugene Kaspersky, the company's co-founder and chief executive, continues to deny accusations that the company practices espionage on behalf of the Russian government. Information provided by Kaspersky Lab will help experts in cyber-criminology to be more quick and efficient in identification of computer incidents worldwide and curb activities of cybercriminals, the company said.

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.

Vanessa Coleman

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