On Monday, the Moscow-based internet security company published a report saying that spying software operated by a hacker group dubbed the Equation Group had infected over 500 computers in over 30 countries including Iran, Russia, China and Syria. The revelations triggered media reports about the US National Security Agency being behind the espionage.
"Our experts have never spoken about the relation of the Equation Group to any organizations. Kaspersky Lab does not have data sufficient to make any conclusions about the origins of this threat," Kaspersky Lab communications officer told Sputnik.
"Perhaps most concerning of all is the fact that… the media in a number of countries were among the targets. This has profound implications for freedom of expression," Canadian Internet advocacy group Open Media spokesman David Christopher told Sputnik.
The Kaspersky Lab spokeswoman explained that the vulnerability of computers could be reduced by using up-to-date anti-virus software.
Although Kaspersky Lab did not identify any country in particular as being behind the spying program, it said that the malware is similar to Stuxnet, a worm, allegedly used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to infiltrate Iranian nuclear reactor systems in 2010.