Gchq And Nsa Hacked Anti Virus Software To Spy On Users


According to today's Independent, it appears that Britain's security service, GCHQ, along with American counterpart NSA, have been breaking into popular anti virus programs to enable them to spy on citizens. The Indie states that recent leaks coming out of Wikileaks have indicated that the security agencies have reversed engineered the Kaspersky anti-virus protection "so that they could see how it worked and ensure that it didn’t keep them from looking through computers."

As the paper states:

"Both the NSA and GCHQ have long been said to have deliberately reversed engineer software so that they could find weaknesses in software and exploit them to read communications. But new documents show that the agencies did so to some of the most popular antivirus software, potentially exposing hundreds of millions of people to dangerous viruses…"

"Antivirus software picks up dangerous code of various kinds, including malware that looks what people are typing and doing that is often made by states as well as criminals. Attacking such software may have allowed the agencies to keep it from recognising threats from governments, as well as exploiting known vulnerabilities to get in."

"Software like Kaspersky also runs with higher privileges on a computer — because it must have access to the whole system to ensure that it is kept safe, another person like a criminal or a government having access to it could use that to infiltrate the computer at a deep and dangerous level."

Is this a surprise to anyone? Probably not, but worth noting none-the-less….