Key date: 7th October 2017
- Russian hackers exploited a vulnerability in Kaspersky Lab’s software to steal sensitive cyber defense data from a United States National Security Agency contractor.
- Incident occurred in 2015 and involved a contractor ignoring policy and loading information onto personal laptop to take home and work on.
- Contractor worked in the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations unit, NSA’s own elite hacking division.
- At the time, the NSA’s security was “sloppy”, because when they “work within the agency, they work on our systems,” quoted a spokesman.
- Kaspersky Lab denied any “inappropriate” links to the Russian government.
- Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke noted Kaspersky antivirus products provided “broad access to files” on computers running the software.
- Kaspersky labs are a cyber security company founded in Russia and operated out of the UK by a holding company.