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Antivirus Software Turned into Spy Tools: Are You Next?

04.12.21

Many people look to anti-virus software as a cure-all for their malware woes. The trouble with this is that many will blindly pay for software that does little to nothing to solve and prevent malware or vulnerability problems.

Antivirus Software Turned into Spy Tools: Are You Next?

April 12, 2021


Many people look to anti-virus software as a cure-all for their malware woes. The trouble with this is that many will blindly pay for software that does little to nothing to solve and prevent malware or vulnerability problems. According to The New York Times, “Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email, and file. There’s good reason for this: Security products are intended to evaluate everything that touches your machine in search of anything malicious, or even vaguely suspicious.” They continue to say that “By downloading security software, consumers also run the risk that an untrustworthy antivirus maker — or hacker or spy with a foothold in its systems — could abuse that deep access to track customers’ every digital movement.” Unfortunately, the answer many people find, anti-virus software, can be used against them to access their sensitive data. 

 

During the month of the 2020 election according to The New York Times, “… Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration after a Department of Homeland Security directive banning its software from federal computer networks. Kaspersky claimed in an open letter that “D.H.S. has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company.” Slander was the basis of this lawsuit. 


Shockingly, however, “For years, intelligence agencies suspected that Kaspersky Lab’s security products provided a back door for Russian intelligence. A draft of a top-secret report leaked by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, described a top-secret, N.S.A. effort in 2008 that concluded that Kaspersky’s software collected sensitive information off customers’ machines.” This top-secret report let it be known that the Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software many customers were using was actually collecting their data. When you are using software to save you from data loss. The last thing you expect is to have your data collected without your knowledge. 


The New York Times stated that “The documents showed Kaspersky was not the N.S.A.’s only target. Future targets included nearly two dozen other foreign antivirus makers, including Checkpoint in Israel and Avast in the Czech Republic.” The New York Times states that Kaspersky Lab initially denied any knowledge or involvement.


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