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Report comes on heels of Bloomberg claims the cybersecurity firm has worked closely with Russia’s main spy agency.12 July 2017
A leading player in the cyber security market, Kaspersky has been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers since senior U.S. intelligence officials revealed that they were reviewing the government’s use of its anti-virus software, Reuters reported 28 June.
Soon after the FBI interviewed several U.S.-based Kaspersky employees, the Senate Armed Services Committee signaled its concern the company “might be vulnerable to Russian government influence” as it approved a defense spending policy bill that would bar the U.S. military from using Kaspersky products.
An article published yesterday by Bloomberg Businessweek highlights concerns about possible Kaspersky links to the Kremlin. Internal company emails obtained by Bloomberg show that it has worked on commission for the Russian security agency FSB.
Although most major cyber security companies “maintain close ties to home governments,” Bloomberg writes, the emails, from 2009, show much closer links to the FSB than Kaspersky has so far owned up to.
Kaspersky confirmed the emails are authentic. It also released a statement denying claims that it has unethical connections with any government, including Russia.
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