US and British Spies Targeted Antivirus Companies


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  • The company also said the attackers seemed intent on studying its antivirus software to find ways to subvert the software on customer machines and avoid detection.
  • The British spy agency regarded the Kaspersky software in particular as a hindrance to its hacking operations and sought a way to neutralize it.
  • They include the Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure, the Slovakian firm Eset, Avast software from the Czech Republic.
  • Notably missing from the list are the American anti-virus firms Symantec and McAfee as well as the UK-based firm Sophos.
  • The spy agencies apparently monitored email traffic coming to Kaspersky and other antivirus companies from their customers in order to uncover reports about new malware attacks.

Source: Wired – Security

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