Homeland 411 offers a look at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab to illustrate “how technological expertise paired with government cooperation can create a serious threat to U.S. national security.” That’s a quote from “Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare,” by Boris Zilberman.
“In some ways,” the report explains, “Kaspersky was the natural Russian answer to the rise of American software giants such as Microsoft and Oracle. Russian innovation tends to be spurred on not by aspirational visions of positive global or domestic change, but by perceived threats to Russian greatness or global standing.”
Kaspersky, the post continues, is connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The primary suspicion is that Russian intelligence has used Kaspersky software to infiltrate companies and organizations that use the software without their knowledge.
“As a result, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September of last year issued a memo accusing Kaspersky of transferring data to Russian intelligence and banned Kaspersky software from use on government systems.”
“A big challenge, however, is complete removal of the suspected software.”
Read on at your leisure – this Homeland 411 post is a good example of how, sadly, cyber warfare is becoming a dominant factor in our uneasy times.