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Anti-virus software threatening to be the ultimate spying tool

Researchers found that Kaspersky software was used by Russian spies to target the home computer of a National Security Agency developer

An employee sits at the headquarters of Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity firm, in Moscow, Russia. Kaspersky denies that it knew about the scanning for classified US programs or allowed its anti-virus products to be used by Russian intelligence.

Mr Kaspersky has said he would allow the US government to inspect his company's source code to allay distrust of its products.

New York

IT HAS been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool.

Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser,...

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