The software the FBI and 18,000 other US law enforcement agencies use to analyze fingerprints may contain a Russian code placed by a French company after a secret deal with a Russian firm, two whistleblowers say.
The former employees of a subsidiary of the French firm Safran Group said the company secretly purchased code from the Russian cybersecurity company Papillon Systems and then included it in fingerprint analysis software it later sold to the FBI, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.
The Russian company is said to be regularly working with Russian law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Security Service (FSB).
According to Philippe Desbois, the Safran subsidiary’s former CEO of Russia operations, officials in Safran Group have been worried that the FBI may learn the truth.
“They told me, ‘We will have big problems if the FBI is aware…