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US, UK spies said to attack security software

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    Spies working for the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart found anti-virus and security software a hindrance to their intelligence gathering processes, and worked to thwart it, according to a report Monday in The Intercept.

    The efforts, revealed through documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, focused on vendors including Moscow-based security software developer Kaspersky Labs, which claims over 400 million customers worldwide.

    The NSA and the U.K.-based Government Communications Headquarters monitored web and email traffic between Kasperksy’s software and its servers, the report said, and obtained sensitive customer information in the process.

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