Staples Is pulling Russian-made Kaspersky software from shelves

Russia Has Turned Kaspersky Software Into Tool for Spying

Back in 2015, Israeli intelligence officials hacked into Kaspersky systems and discovered the presence of an improvised search tool used to search computers worldwide for mentions of code names of American intelligence programmes, according to The New York Times. "We do not disclose information about the specific systems or products used at individual agencies because this information could be used by adversaries seeking to exploit information in these systems".

"The government has not had and does not have any connection to such activity", he said.

The Post reported, The U.S. National Intelligence Council produced a classified report which was disclosed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had access to Kaspersky.

In September, the Ministry of homeland security announced that the products "Kaspersky Lab" can use the Russian government for access to government documents, and ordered all state institutions to refuse it within three months.

The Times reported that Russian hackers turned the Kaspersky software into a sort of Google search for sensitive information, and that it is not yet publicly known what other United States secrets they may have discovered. Scanning files for viruses, the program at the same time, if they searched for keywords indicating sensitive information.

The National Security Agency and the White House declined to comment for this article.

The New York Times said that the Russian embassy had not responded to a request for comment.

Staples Inc is the latest retailer to stop selling anti-virus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab Inc, which is allegedly linked to Russian spy agencies.

In "Kaspersky Lab" said that the company "has never helped and will not help any government in the world with carspawner".

Kaspersky's complicity in the Kremlin's cyber-burglary has not been attested by reports, although the company and its founder Eugene Kaspersky have consistently denied wrongdoing.

Divisions along national lines, including actions taken by the United States against Russia's Kaspersky Lab, are making it harder to effectively fight cross-border cyber crime, a senior Interpol official told Reuters on Tuesday.

US intelligence agencies have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin organized a vast digital influence operation to assist Donald Trump win the presidency, a charge Moscow still denies.

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