The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has recently turned a personal meeting with Kaspersky Lab’s CEO of Russia.
Only after 3 months when Israel was accused as the main source of the explosive intel. The cybersecurity company was used to capture classified information from USA.
The story sounds something like this.
Eugene Kaspersky desired to meet Netanyahu in Switzerland more exactly on the sideline of the World Economic Forum.
However, the response did not sound as expected.
” Personally and on behalf of Kaspersky Lab, I would be honored to meet you in Davos. Considering my role as chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, the leading cybersecurity vendor, I believe there are numerous and relevant topics of discussion for us.” Source “The Times of Israel”
On the recent request, Kaspersky declared that would desire to discuss with Israel( being a leader in the international technological development). Regarding the landscape cybersecurity and future risks in Israel.
Now, all of us might think the response will come as expected, positive.
In exchange, on the behalf of Netanyahu, the PMO declared that the prime minister has a tight schedule and has to decline, kindly the invitation.
The Kaspersky Lab’ is known as an anti-virus program, having more gen 400 million users. From which around 270,000 are corporate clients, being there to protect their infrastructures and businesses. To leak things, last year(June) the company opened am an R&D center in Jerusalem. That has to fouse on protecting the industrial control and the Internet of Things systems. But, now the company has the attention on it. Why? Because has a huge scandal regarding the cyberspace between Russia and USA.
After the accusation of stealing security secrets from US’s NSA, from here getting banned by the American Government.
In October 2017, under the decision to remove Kaspersky Las software from the US’s government servers were Israel’s intelligence officials. After they informed them regarding the Russian hackers which use this software in order to steal classified info.
After 2 years of operation, Israel’s intelligence agencies entered Kaspersky’s network. Here they found that Russian hackers were using a program to find code names from US’s intelligence programs. The huge scandal the came up in The New York Times.
Sources say that Isreal provided solid evidence to US’s NSA of the hacking operation made by Kremlin in 2 years that began in 2014.
Also, some of the things that Israel got from hacking Kaspersky were emails, documents, passwords, and screenshots.
After they’ve received the report from Israel. US’s Homeland Securit department decided to exclude and bane the software from Kaspersky Lab. Things were over in 90 days.
On the other hand, the company ( Kaspersky) confirmed he taken source code from a secret US tool thru it’s software. However, denied the knowledge of the Russian hackers.
Even doe Kaspersky discovered that Israel hacked them in 2015 and even when public. They did not hit in any way Israel.
After this clues pointing on Israel, researchers from Kaspersky affirmed that the hack has similar to Duqu. On which they blamed everything on the nations responsible (Stuxnet cyberweapon).
A very interesting collaboration between US and Israel on the virus used in 2010 in order to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear site.
Where they managed to destroy around 20% of the facility ( uranium enrichment centrifuges).
Besides this, Kaspersky Lab declared that this similar attack ( Duqu 2.0) has been used on other targets which are a interest to Israel.
As, conference centers and hotels where the United Nations Security Council decided to have privet meetings regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. Where sadly for Israel wasn’t included.
Yet, most of the targets were in the United States, yet all the operation was on Israel’s hands. With any kind of US cooperation.
To understand the layers better. The founder of Kaspersky is Eugene Kaspersky, who’s a mathematical engineer. He attended KGB sponsored school and he worked for once for Russia’s Ministry of Defense.
Many critics talk that is not fair, there’s only a company to operate freely in Russia. Where we know very well that economy is fully dominated by state-owned companies. More dramatically is, the power of spy agencies has gone under the President, Vladimir Putin.
All in all is not very clear if Eugene Kaspersky had a deal on the Kremlin hack or if a employees had a sneaky cooperation with Kremlin.
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