The Wall Street Journal recently published revelations that a computer security firm based in Russia, Kaspersky Lab hacked the National Security Agency (NSA). An NSA contractor using Kaspersky antivirus on his computer was hacked, and it was concluded by “multiple people with knowledge of the matter” that this occurred for the purposes of Kaspersky getting NSA data for the Russian government.
The founder of the firm, Eugene Kaspersky, is publicly disputing the claims.
“We never betray the trust that our users put into our hands. If we would do that a single time that would be immediately spotted by the industry and our business would be done,” Kaspersky said.
Kaspersky believes that it is possible that his own software was hacked by the Russian government and its associates.
“Even though we have an internal security team, and do bug bounties, we can’t give 100% guarantee that there are no security issues in our products, name another security software vendor who can!” Kaspersky proclaimed.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isn’t necessarily buying Kaspersky’s claims. The agency released a public statement saying that it “is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks.”
While these revelations regarding alleged Russian hacking are meant to scare Americans about the threat of foreigners, these claims should really make Americans aware of the incredible incompetence of their own government. The NSA is collecting information on every American right now, and any hacker in the world could potentially access it due to the agency’s inability to sufficiently protect their data. If Russians are scoring political victories right now, it is only due to the unprecedented malfeasance of federal bureaucrats in Washington D.C.