NSA And GCHQ Attacked Antivirus Software Makers

Posted: Jun 23 2015, 4:13am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
NSA and GCHQ Attacked Antivirus Software Makers
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  • US & UK Spies targeted anti-virus and security systems to gather Intel.

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According to a report spies tried to find flaws in the software by the Kaspersky Labs as revealed in the documents by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The purpose of anti-virus and security software is to make sure intruders remain out of a user’s system. However the spy agencies in the UK and US used to work against the anti-virus and security systems to find flaws so they could collect intelligence information.

In a report published on Monday by The Intercept, the documents leaked by Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters were working to find weaknesses in popular security software’s and exploiting the flaws to spy on people. The agencies especially targeted the Russian security system company the Kaspersky Lab. The software of the Kaspersky Labs is used by 400 million users internationally.

The security systems were a hindrance to the UK and US intelligence agencies so they worked towards breaking the security walls. The spy agencies even kept an eye on the email and web exchange between the Kaspersky software feedback and the server to gather sensitive customer information. The monitoring of email traffic was especially carried out by the NSA and the U.K.-based Government Communications Headquarters.

According to the report the agencies aimed to reverse engineer the Kaspersky security systems because it was becoming a major obstacle in intelligence gathering and the reversal was supposed to give a way around the security barrier.

The agencies even obtained warrants to be able to reverse the security system software, however the report di question the legality of the move by the spy agencies. The officials at Kaspersky have taken the report into consideration and are currently checking for potential risks in their infrastructure already caused by the UK and US spy agencies.

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