Netanyahu turns down meeting with Russian cybersecurity head linked to US hack
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has recently refused a meeting with Kaspersky Lab’s CEO from Russia.
Only after 3 months when Israel was accused as the main responsible of a recent hack. The cybersecurity company was used to capture classified information from USA.
The story sounds something like this.
Eugene Kaspersky desired to meet Netanyahu in Switzerland more exactly on the sideline of the World Economic Forum.
However, the replay did not sound as expected.
” Personally and on behalf of Kaspersky Lab, I would be honored to meet you in Davos. Considering my role as chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, the leading cybersecurity vendor, I believe there are numerous and relevant topics of discussion for us.” Source “The Times of Israel”
On the recent demand, Kaspersky affirmed that would wish to discuss with Israel( being a leader in the international technological development). Concerning the landscape cybersecurity and future danger in Israel.
Now, all of us perhaps think the response will come as expected, positive.
In exchange, on the favor of Netanyahu, the PMO stated that the prime minister has a tight schedule and has to decline, polite the invitation.
The Kaspersky Lab’ is acknowledged as an anti-virus program, having more than 400 million consumers. From which around 270,000 are corporate clients, being there to protect their infrastructures and businesses. To leak things, last year(June) the company opened am an R&D center in Jerusalem. That has to focuse on protecting the industrial control and the Internet of Things scheme. But, now the company has its mind on it. Why? Because has a huge scandal regarding the cyberspace between Russia and USA.
After the accusation of stealing security secrets from US’s NSA, from here getting banned by the American Government.
In October 2017, under the agreement to cut out Kaspersky Las software from the US’s government servers were Israel’s intelligence officials. After they informed them regarding the Russian hackers which use this software in order to steal classified info.
After 2 years of operation, Israel’s intelligence agencies entered Kaspersky’s network. Here they found that Russian hackers were using a program to find code names from US’s programs. The huge scandal the came up in The New York Times.
Experts say that Isreal presented solid evidence to US’s NSA of the hacking operation made by Kremlin in 2 years that began in 2014.
Also, some of the things that Israel got from hacking Kaspersky were emails, documents, passwords, and screenshots.
After they’ve collected the note from Israel. US’s Homeland Securit department settled to exclude and bane the software from Kaspersky Lab. Things were over in 90 days.
On the other hand, the company ( Kaspersky) confirmed he taken source code from a secret US machine thru it’s software. However, redused the knowledge of the Russian hackers.
Even doe Kaspersky found out that Israel hacked them in 2015 and even when public. They did not hit in any way Israel.
After this clues pointing on Israel, researchers from Kaspersky affirmed that the hack has similar to Duqu. On which they damned everything on the nations responsible (Stuxnet cyberweapon).
A very interesting collaboration between US and Israel on the virus used in 2010 in made to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear site.
Where they managed to destroy about 20% of the facility ( uranium enrichment centrifuges).
Besides this, Kaspersky Lab stated that this similar attack ( Duqu 2.0) has been used on other targets which are a attraction to Israel.
As, conference centers and hotels where the United Nations Security Council settled to have privet meetings regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. Where sadly for Israel wasn’t included.
Yet, most of the targets were in the United States, yet all the movement was on Israel’s hands. With any kind of US cooperation.
To grasp the layers better. The founder of Kaspersky is Eugene Kaspersky, who’s a mathematical engineer. He attended KGB funded school and he worked for once for Russia’s Ministry of Defense.
Many critics affirme that is not fair, there’s only a company to operate freely in Russia. Where we know very well that economy is fully controled by state-owned companies. Badly is, the power of spy agencies has gone below the President, Vladimir Putin.
All in all is not very clear if Eugene Kaspersky had a accord on the Kremlin hack or if a employees had a sneaky partnership with Kremlin.
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