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Israel hacked Kaspersky, caught Russian spies hacking US spies

Israeli experts hacked into Kaspersky’s network in 2015 and caught Russian government hackers red-handed hacking US government hackers with the help of Kaspersky.

According to the report, United States officials began an immediate investigation after Israel officials notified the U.S. National Security Agency about the possible breach.

At the time, Kaspersky said that some of the attack code detected had digital fingerprints first found in the Stuxnet worm which was developed by America and Israel to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 (revealed by the Obama administration which rendered it useless for any future applications).

This suspicion of malicious Kaspersky’s behavior eventually required the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ban and remove Kaspersky antivirus software from all government computers.

“Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber-espionage efforts,” Kaspersky’s founder Eugene Kaspersky said in a statement.

Eugene Kaspersky previously admitted there’s a possibility that NSA hacking tools could have been picked up as malware by their Anti-malware scanner.

Until now it is quite tough to judge if Kaspersky was involved in any wrongdoing, but the ball is in America’s court, who has to provide the actual evidence to the world about the highly classified Israeli counter-intelligence operation.

Microsoft admits smartphone defeat

Microsoft says it won’t add any new features or devices for Windows 10 Mobile. It’s a sign that hopes Windows 10 would revive the company’s smartphone presence have failed.

Smartphone-desktop links made no difference

The last roll of the dice was the launch of Windows 10 Mobile alongside its desktop counterpart. The idea was to remove barriers between desktop and smartphones: in particular, to make it easier for developers to make apps that worked smoothly on computers, tablets and phones without complicated recoding.

Windows 10 even includes a feature named Continuum that meant —in theory at least — users could simply plug in or wirelessly connect their Windows phone to a keyboard, mouse and monitor and use it exactly as if it were a Windows desktop PC

Windows 10 for Microsoft, has now said the company will no longer focus on the system. Joe Belfiore (Microsoft Spokesman) said he has personally switched to using an Android phone, a change that’s also been made recently by Bill Gates.

According to Belfiore, Microsoft failed to get enough developers to make Windows versions of their apps, despite offering financial incentives and even helping them rewrite code. (Source: bbc.co.uk)