Kaspersky Lab Allegedly Hacked By Sponsored Group Of Hackers

Kaspersky Lab Allegedly Hacked By Sponsored Group Of Hackers
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No one is truly secured in this world, and this has been proved once again by the latest attack on one of the biggest cybersecurity companies of the world, Kaspersky Lab.


On Wednesday, Kaspersky announced that its systems had been hacked by a group of hackers, who are most likely to be backed up by a nation.

Customer data with the company is completely safe, as the main point of attack was the system and intellectual properties of Kaspersky itself. The spokesperson also added that the security hole that enabled this kind of access has since been fixed permanently.

So, in this scenario when Kaspersky itself is not safe from hackers, how much security can a common user expect?

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The attack is not the first one hurled at Kaspersky, but this makes it even more prominent how much creative hacking has become. According to information given by the Russian firm, the intrusion involved used a maximum of three techniques that were not known previously.

As revealed by the company, the breach was detected during early spring. It was one of the most sophisticated campaigns ever observed. The malware does not get involved in writing files to the disk; rather, it resides in the memory of the computer, which makes it impossible to detect.

This latest event has highlighted once again the importance of having the strictest cyber laws and implementing them with maximum effect. This time the malware was spread using Microsoft Software Installer files that are commonly used by the IT professionals.

The company is clearly seeing the hands of a nation behind it, because according to the firm, the kind of budget required for hacking at this level is not possible to collect without direct financial help from a nation. The company has not yet pointed any nation directly for the incident, but in the past it has pointed fingers at UK, USA and Israel for cyber espionage.