Hacking the Human Element of Code

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Following a U.S. government-wide ban last month and recent news reports alleging that Kaspersky Lab enabled Russian intelligence to swipe highly classified NSA material from an employee’s private computer, questions have begun to swirl regarding the Moscow-based company’s relationship with the Kremlin. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Chris Inglis, the former Deputy Director of the NSA, about how Russian hackers could have utilized Kaspersky and why distrust in the company is merely one part of a much larger discussion on the cyber espionage threat emanating from an authoritarian Russia.

The Cipher Brief: What are some of the possible ways that Russian intelligence could have been alerted to Kaspersky identifying classified material on an NSA contractor’s computer?

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