Was The NSA Really Breached By Russian Hackers?

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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.

Shane has been an activist for liberty-related causes for over 10 years. He is the Media Relations Director of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, State Director of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center, and County Coordinator for Michigan Campaign for Liberty.

  • Joel W

    First off, I read an article on this the other day. It stated that the data that was taken was info on how the US breaches other nations’ systems. So taking that at face value, that is some deliciously glorious irony there. Their hackers hacked the methods how our hackers hack. That said, I believe the article also stated the data was on this NSA guy’s home computer (someone can correct me if I am wrong). Why on would such vital data be on a home computer?

    So there are two possibilities I can see from this, assuming anything is true.

    1) This guy is a Russian asset. Always possible
    2) More made up crap on Russia, that either never happened, or was hacked by us from an IP address made to look like it originated in Russia, which is technology that exists, and Putin even brought up when he destroyed Meghan Kelly in her pathetic attempt to ‘get’ Putin, as if that media drone remotely has the intellectual capacity to do so.

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