Way back in 2014, a team of experts walked into the office of the jovial founder of cyber security firm of Russia Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, to give some sad news. Anti-virus software of Kaspersky had mechanically frayed powerful tools for digital surveillance off a PC in the U.S. and the experts were in dilemma: The headers of the data clearly verified the files as confidential. “They instantly arrived at my office,” Kaspersky claimed, “and they said me that they have an issue.” He claimed that there was no uncertainty about what to do with the supply. “It should be removed,” Kaspersky states he claimed them.
The event, which was recounted by Kaspersky at the time of a concise telephone interview last week and increased by the information and timeline offered by officials of the company, might not instantly be confirmed. But it is the first communal acknowledgement of a story that has been ongoing for the last 3 Weeks.
The account offers fresh viewpoint on recent move of the U.S. Government to blacklist Kaspersky from networks of federal computer, even if it still leaves significant questions unreciprocated. To hear Kaspersky narrate it, the event was a misfortune borne of lack of care. Experts at his firm were previously on the trail of the Equation Group—a powerful team of attackers later uncovered as a part of the NSA—when a PC in the U.S. was flagged for additional examination. The owner of the machine, verified as an NSA worker in media reports, on their home PC had operated anti-virus scans after it was contaminated by a plagiarized copy of Microsoft Office, as per a Kaspersky timeline rolled out last week.
The scan did not just cure the virus. It also activated a warning for files of the Equation Group that the worker had kept in a compressed archive that was then transported for analysis to Moscow. But experts of information security brain storming over the clues dropped by unidentified government officials still doubt whether Kaspersky is alleged of intentionally hunting for classified data or was just doing its job by eliminating off suspicious files.