Kaspersky Lab denied to the Times any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Russian hacking. It is unknown what other classified information Russian Federation was able to get their hands on through Kaspersky software. "We reconfirm our readiness to work together with the USA authorities to answer any questions about the company's products, as well as internal procedures", the company's spokesperson said. "All such accusations are groundless and unsubstantiated", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
It said German government agencies could use software protection for clients and servers that is offered by CANCOM online GmbH, which works together with Trend Micro. Israel immediately told the United States about the breach. This led to the decision last month for Kaspersky software removed from government computers by Washington.
And late last month, the U.S. National Intelligence Council completed a classified report that it shared with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies concluding that Russia's FSB intelligence service had "probable access" to Kaspersky customer databases and source code, the Post reported. After an investigation, the NSA determined that the Russian government had access to these tools.
Germany's BSI, which also uses Kaspersky products for technical analyses, said it was in touch with USA officials and other security agencies about the issue so it could take action and issue a warning on short notice if required.
Kaspersky Lab has denied any vulnerability to government influence. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Around 400 million people worldwide use the company's software. Washington lawmakers and the intelligence community have repeatedly said Russian Federation tried to influence the USA presidential election in 2016 through a targetted hacking campaign.