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Jun 28 - FBI agents visited at least a dozen Kaspersky employees at their homes


 


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Jun 28 - FBI agents visited at least a dozen Kaspersky employees at their homes
 

 
FBI agents on Tuesday paid visits to at least a dozen employees of Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cyber-security company, asking questions about that company’s operations as part of a counter-intelligence inquiry, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

In a classic FBI investigative tactic, agents visited the homes of the employees at the end of the work day at multiple locations on both the east and west coasts, the sources said.

There is no indication at this time that the inquiry is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion. Kaspersky has long been of interest to the U.S. government.

Its cyber-security software is widely used in the United States, and its billionaire owner, Eugene Kaspersky, has close ties to some Russian intelligence figures, according to U.S. officials. He graduated in 1987 from the Soviet KGB-backed Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications, and Computer Science.

Kaspersky Lab paid former national security adviser Michael Flynn $11,250 in 2015 for cyber-security consulting, according to public documents, but that was not a focus of the FBI questioning, multiple sources said.

FBI agents told employees they were not in trouble, and that the bureau was merely gathering facts about how Kaspersky works, including to what extent the U.S. operations ultimately report to Moscow.

Kaspersky sells cyber-security software to businesses and the government in the U.S., although intelligence officials have warned for years that the company has ties to Russia. Kaspersky Labs has sought to raise its American profile with corporate sponsorships, including of National Public Radio.

"I wouldn't put their stuff on my computer if you paid me," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official.

In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it "has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts. The company has a 20-year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations. Kaspersky Lab is available to a*sist all concerned government organizations with any ongoing investigations, and the company ardently believes a deeper examination of Kaspersky Lab will confirm that these allegations are unfounded."

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17 comments for "Jun 28 - FBI agents visited at least a dozen Kaspersky employees at their homes"

 2 years ago '05        #2
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 2 years ago '05        #3
P-Hill|M 28 heat pts28
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They were the best anti virus software I've ever used in the 00s

 2 years ago '04        #4
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Very interesting.

 P-Hill said
They were the best anti virus software I've ever used in the 00s
They are one of the best, no question about it. But this is wild.

My real question is:

If US IC knew the owner of Kapersky is ex-KGB with ties to Russian Intelligence, how are they just now being investigated to this degree?

 2 years ago '06        #5
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 gshag33 said
Very interesting.



They are one of the best, no question about it. But this is wild.

My real question is:

If US IC knew the owner of Kapersky is ex-KGB with ties to Russian Intelligence, how are they just now being investigated to this degree?
Because there wasn't any smoke before recently would be my guess...

 2 years ago '14        #6
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 2 years ago '06        #7
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It's crazy when you think back how long people have been using their software going back a decade or so. Makes you wonder...

 2 years ago '15        #8
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 gshag33 said
Very interesting.



They are one of the best, no question about it. But this is wild.

My real question is:

If US IC knew the owner of Kapersky is ex-KGB with ties to Russian Intelligence, how are they just now being investigated to this degree?
Officially investigated. Don't mean obama ain't have a double agent on em. Big O prolly played mad spy games with russians we'll never know about.

 2 years ago '04        #9
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 SkateboardT said
Because there wasn't any smoke before recently would be my guess...
They are owned by an ex-KGB agent with ties to Russian Intelligence/Government.

They stated that in the article. That isn't new information. That's been public knowledge since the company was founded.

Why is it just now being acted upon?

 2 years ago '04        #10
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 Tw1tter Gang said
Officially investigated. Don't mean obama ain't have a double agent on em. Big O prolly played mad spy games with russians we'll never know about.
Barak Hussein Obama Bin Laden was a double-agent himself, against America.

 2 years ago '10        #11
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I might be tripping but I think Putin offed one of these n*ggas for not bending the knee.

 2 years ago '04        #12
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 Hovi Bryant said
I might be tripping but I think Putin offed one of these n*ggas for not bending the knee.
He's been offing people left and right for the past year. He always has but he's stepped it up. Putin is as gangster as it gets.

 2 years ago '04        #13
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 MrMention said

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 2 years ago '06        #14
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 gshag33 said
They are owned by an ex-KGB agent with ties to Russian Intelligence/Government.

They stated that in the article. That isn't new information. That's been public knowledge since the company was founded.

Why is it just now being acted upon?
because russia has become more frequently involved in cyber-espionage lately.

 2 years ago '04        #15
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 SkateboardT said
because russia has become more frequently involved in cyber-espionage lately.
Can't say it's Russian but it's obvious that the groups/people/nation capable of massive cyber attacks have been emboldened over the past year and are doing sh*t we always knew they can do.

It's only going to get crazier. Mr. Robot sh*t is real life.

 2 years ago '16        #16
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