Russian hackers exploited Kaspersky to steal data from NSA contractor

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[…]

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Classified information stolen from the NSA: Harold T. Martin

Key Details: 23/10/2016 from U.S Harold T. Martin is accused of stealing classified information from the NSA for over two decades. He was part of the elite unit TAO (Tailored Access Operations). The FBI raided his residence on August 27th, where they found 50 terabytes of classified data, paper copies of classified data, unregistered firearms which included AR platform rifle, Shotgun with pistol grip and a loaded handgun in his vehicle which is against Maryland laws. Martin was in contact with anonymous personnel on the internet where he was having communications in Russian and potentially other foreign languages. His own personal security was extensive, with[…]

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