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Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 01:04 PM

The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

 

The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than 270,000 corporate clients, and says it protects more than 400 million people with its products.

British spies aimed to thwart Kaspersky software in part through a technique known as software reverse engineering, or SRE, according to a top-secret warrant renewal request. The NSA has also studied Kaspersky Lab’s software for weaknesses, obtaining sensitive customer information by monitoring communications between the software and Kaspersky servers, according to a draft top-secret report. The U.S. spy agency also appears to have examined emails inbound to security software companies flagging new viruses and vulnerabilities.

 

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Moved from Gen Sec to AV/AM Software - Hamluis.


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 01:13 PM

Kaspersky being targetted again. Everyone fears the Russian power when it comes to IT Security or what?

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:09 PM

Kaspersky is possibly the most popular AV vendor in the world (AVC's Security Survey had Kaspersky at #1 and #2 all over the world) so it is definitely a big target.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:34 PM

This topic is more security related news than what this forum was intended for so it has been moved to the General Security forum.

Edit: I didn't see that hamluis had moved the topic to the AV/AM Software discussion forum earlier. Since a link was left in the original source forum, it will still show in this area too but redirect here.
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 04:06 PM

I wonder what shares McAfee and Symantec have, since they are probably the Antivirus that are bundled the most by manufacturers in their laptops and computers.

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