Cyber-Security Firm 'Kaspersky Lab' Admits it Was Hacked

News - (on June 11, 2015 03:39 AM)


Nation State Hacked Security firm Kaspersky Lab

One of the biggest security firms, based in Russia, 'Kaspersky Lab' admitted it was hacked by “nation state” in a very sophisticated attempt but it has “manage to detect it”

Kaspersky Lab is an international software security group operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide, headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Kaspersky Lab is considered one of the leading anti-virus software providers worldwide, now has faced its own systems being recently compromised by hackers which it is “quite confident that there’s a nation state behind it”

However, the company says “neither” their “products nor services have been compromised, so,” their “customers face no risks whatsoever due to the breach.”

However, as mentioned, world’s top anti-virus software provider firm’s chief executive Eugene Kaspersky views this attack as sophisticated attempt to spy their new online security systems and technique could only be carry out by a “nation state” having “dangerous tendency.”

“Spying on cyber-security companies is a very dangerous tendency," said the company's chief executive Eugene Kaspersky.

"The only way to protect the world is to have law enforcement agencies and security companies fighting such attacks openly.

"We will always report attacks regardless of their origin."

Director of Kaspersky Lab's global research and analysis team Costin Raiu also views this attack a highly sophisticated and expensive attempt which again makes everyone thing that only Nation State can bear that much of pain to pay the deal.

"This highly sophisticated attack used up to three zero-day [previously unknown] exploits, which is very impressive - the costs must have been very high," commented Costin Raiu

However, Kaspersky Lab claims it had detected the breach in the "early spring" as one of the most sophisticated campaigns it had ever seen.

"Duqu 2.0 seems to be the biggest [cybersecurity] news of the year so far - it's major new malware from a major source," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure.

"But we have previously seen security companies used as a way to reach other targets.

"The prime example of this was RSA, which got hacked four years ago, when we believe the target was a defence contractor in the US, which used RSA's technology."

It is in any case worrying for Moscow-based antivirus firm which is famous for uncovering state-sponsored cyber-attacks that its own security network system is not secure enough to be protected by “a mix of Alien, Terminator and Predator, in terms of Hollywood," cyber attack.

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