(Bloomberg) — Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab said it uploaded secret data linked to the National Security Agency from a personal computer in the U.S., though it said staff destroyed the material and didn’t show it to anyone outside the company.
The code was in a zip file containing malware samples that Kaspersky’s antivirus software removed from the home computer, the company said in a statement, confirming earlier reports about its involvement in the leak of classified material. The program automatically uploaded the file to Kaspersky’s specialists for further analysis, it said.
Russian hackers exploited vulnerabilities in the antivirus program to breach an NSA contractor’s computer in 2015 and steal classified files that he’d taken home, according to a person familiar with the matter. Israeli officials informed their U.S. counterparts about the operation after they hacked into Kaspersky’s network, the New York Times reported on Oct. 11.
The incident happened in 2014, a year earlier than reported, and Russian hackers weren’t involved, according to Kaspersky, whose products have been banned from U.S. government agencies since September amid concerns over the company’s alleged links to Russian intelligence. Kaspersky denies it has any connection to government spy agencies.
Malware Code
Moscow-based Kaspersky said staff who examined the computer file found it contained Equation malware code, a sophisticated hacking tool kit linked to the NSA.

 

Newly disclosed National Security Agency (NSA) documents describe a “highly collaborative” relationship between telecommunications company AT&T and the NSA.

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In an effort to shed light on the German Parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany, WikiLeaks released 1,380 pages of transcripts from the unclassified sessions on Tuesday. The inquiry has touched off multiple scandals despite numerous barriers to media and public access, such as withheld transcripts, a ban on…

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A US Federal Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the National Security Agency’s collection of American’s phone records is in violation of the Patriot Act. It is the first appellate court ruling on NSA data collection, and contradicts government assertions that the program is legal.

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If you attended the WHD.global 2015 keynote with former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden on Wednesday morning, it is very likely that you were being watched.

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In a speech at the University of Missouri on Thursday, former NSA director Mike McConnell revealed that China has been playing a major role in security breaches at US companies. McConnell said that the malware used by Chinese hackers allows them to access information at will and steal critical information…

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Every year for over a decade HostingCon Global explores the issues and trends that shape the industry. Some of those trends appear one year and are gone the next. Some permeate internet experience for all those who use it. One unfortunate issue which has continued to trouble various industry stakeholders in different ways is the government surveillance which was revealed by the Edward Snowden leaks.

This issue was examined in significant detail by a panel of experts and industry players at HostingCon Global 2014, in a session titled “The Post Snowden World One Year Later: What Has Changed?” The session was packed, as all HostingCon Global sessions are, and featured a lively discussion around the impact of both government surveillance practices, and public awareness of them, on businesses, individuals, and even concepts like privacy. The place of the internet infrastructure industry in the social and political dialogue about the issue was argued, as well as the possible ways forward.

The panel was made up of a group of highly knowledgeable stakeholders with a deep level of concern for this ongoing issue. The panel members were:

Christian Dawson – ServInt

Ron Yokubaitis – Data Foundry

Michael Petricone – Consumer Electronics Association

Gregory Nojeim – Center for Democracy and Technology

Marvin Ammori – New America Foundation

Amie Stepanovich – Access

Michelle Richardson – ACLU

 

As HostingCon Global 2015 approaches, the issue has not gone away. On the contrary, some of the concerns raised in the panel discussion have only increased. Snowden himself urged hosts to take a “zero knowledge” approach to their service shortly after the discussion took place. A study released in November indicated the level of mistrust and uncertainty amongst consumers online. The US government has taken a number of steps to promote cybersecurity, but all in the face of persisting or even worsening industry fears about liability, transparency, and just what the NSA has had their hands on. It remains to be seen if the Snowden revelations will really drive people from Skype to Kim Dotcom’s encrypted video calling service, or if end to end email encryption on the German model will take hold. We do know that surveillance and encryption, disclosure and transparency, the NSA and Edward Snowden will all be part of the conversation at HostingCon Global 2015; even a year after one year later, as the issue becomes a trend.

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Every year for over a decade HostingCon Global explores the issues and trends that shape the industry. Some of those trends appear one year and are gone the next. Some permeate internet experience for all those who use it. One unfortunate issue which has continued to trouble various industry stakeholders in different ways is the government surveillance which was revealed by the Edward Snowden leaks.

This issue was examined in significant detail by a panel of experts and industry players at HostingCon Global 2014, in a session titled “The Post Snowden World One Year Later: What Has Changed?” The session was packed, as all HostingCon Global sessions are, and featured a lively discussion around the impact of both government surveillance practices, and public awareness of them, on businesses, individuals, and even concepts like privacy. The place of the internet infrastructure industry in the social and political dialogue about the issue was argued, as well as the possible ways forward.

The panel was made up of a group of highly knowledgeable stakeholders with a deep level of concern for this ongoing issue. The panel members were:

Christian Dawson – ServInt

Ron Yokubaitis – Data Foundry

Michael Petricone – Consumer Electronics Association

Gregory Nojeim – Center for Democracy and Technology

Marvin Ammori – New America Foundation

Amie Stepanovich – Access

Michelle Richardson – ACLU

 

As HostingCon Global 2015 approaches, the issue has not gone away. On the contrary, some of the concerns raised in the panel discussion have only increased. Snowden himself urged hosts to take a “zero knowledge” approach to their service shortly after the discussion took place. A study released in November indicated the level of mistrust and uncertainty amongst consumers online. The US government has taken a number of steps to promote cybersecurity, but all in the face of persisting or even worsening industry fears about liability, transparency, and just what the NSA has had their hands on. It remains to be seen if the Snowden revelations will really drive people from Skype to Kim Dotcom’s encrypted video calling service, or if end to end email encryption on the German model will take hold. We do know that surveillance and encryption, disclosure and transparency, the NSA and Edward Snowden will all be part of the conversation at HostingCon Global 2015; even a year after one year later, as the issue becomes a trend.

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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Last week The Intercept reported that Dutch SIM card maker Gemalto was hacked by government intelligence agencies based on documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden. After an investigation by Gemalto into the intrusion methods described in the document, the company confirmed Wednesday that the US NSA and the British Government…

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A device for stealing data from offline computers hidden in a USB adapter was demonstrated by a team at a hacking and information security conference this past weekend. The device is based on a similar USB tool described in leaked NSA documents, and cost about $20 to make.

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