Childish behavior aside, formost my hats off to the Russians (Kapersky in this case) for going public about this hack (using that level of sophistication). This is ridiculous if this is indeed a government hack; hacking known iconic security companies because they can't publicly have access to private security companies, they violate their own laws (or find some BS loophole) to gain access anyhow. I'm hoping that they 'missed something' or something is released at a later date finding who was behind this/these attacks. And I really do hope the police do something about it. Rarely would something like this 'happen in the wild', either the hacking group that did this (government or private party) needs to be discovered and it brought into the light. Most users, myself included trust these third party vendors for protection from such threats, when the foundation of security is being undermined, it should break news and turn a few heads. Ironically (not surprisingly) only end users, bloggers, 'the people' seem to give a damn. I'm not holding my breath for an american rally against this BS (especially) from a government authority. Hopefully Kapersky doesn't let this one slide under the rug.
"However, if the attacker was indeed the NSA, then it could've also gotten it for free from "cyber threat sharing" programs, where companies give the NSA access to their vulnerabilities months before patches are ready or before anyone else knows the bugs even exist. Such programs are supposed to give the NSA advance notice to secure its networks, but they can also be used for offensive purposes before the vulnerabilities are patched by the companies."
I, for one, find this so-called "sharing" program rather disturbing; for starters, the NSA doesn't really give anything in return, so it's not really sharing. Then, one can be certain they can and WILL use these vulnerabilities for nefarious purposes. The logic behind this program is shady, at best.