AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics

This Tuesday, March 5, 2019 photo shows an entrance to the skyscraper that houses the London office of Israeli private investigation firm Black Cube.

This Tuesday, March 5, 2019 photo shows an entrance to the skyscraper that houses the London office of Israeli private investigation firm Black Cube.

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

This June 11, 2018 photo provided by English academic Keir Giles shows a business card that he was given by an undercover operative using the alias Lu

This June 11, 2018 photo provided by English academic Keir Giles shows a business card that he was given by an undercover operative using the alias Lu

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with Britain’s Chatham House think tank, poses for a photo in central London on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Giles was one

This Thursday, March 21, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Wharf T&T Centre building in Hong Kong. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Inves

This Thursday, March 21, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Wharf T&T Centre building in Hong Kong. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Inves

This Friday, March 22, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Nishi Shinjuku-Takagi Building in Tokyo. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Invest

This Friday, March 22, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Nishi Shinjuku-Takagi Building in Tokyo. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Invest

This Friday, March 22, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Nishi Shinjuku-Takagi Building in Tokyo. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Invest

This Friday, March 22, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Nishi Shinjuku-Takagi Building in Tokyo. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Invest

This Thursday, March 21, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Wharf T&T Centre building in Hong Kong. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Inves

This Thursday, March 21, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Wharf T&T Centre building in Hong Kong. The building was allegedly the home of NPH Inves

LONDON (AP) — The Associated Press has found that an undercover operative targeted cybersecurity experts in an apparent effort to gather intelligence about critics of Kaspersky Lab, the Russian antivirus firm.

Kaspersky Lab declined to answer questions from the AP about whether it had any involvement with the meetings.

The mystery over who hired the spy lingers, but it's an illustration of how those who cross wealthy individuals, major corporations or authoritarian governments can find themselves embroiled in elaborate espionage operations.