Why The NSA Didn’t Want Your Anti-virus to Work

Why The NSA Didn’t Want Your Anti-virus to Work

Anti-virus software is supposed to keep computers safe from intruders, but spy agencies in the US and UK tried to break into these software for exactly the opposite purpose: To track their users.

The National Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters hunted weaknesses in popular anti-virus software to collect information about their users, as documents obtained by Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept show.

The agencies attempted to spy on people by exploiting security holes in popular computer protection software from companies including Russia-based Kaspersky Lab.

The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. READ MORE