Eugene Kaspersky says U.S. users have nothing to fear from his company, despite a government ban.
(CCM) — Eugene Kaspersky, security software company Kaspersky Lab's chief executive, has strenuously denied suggestions that the Moscow-based company should not be trusted by American companies or individual users because it might have close links to the Russian government, according to a BBC report.
This follows the U.S. government raising concerns that the company is "vulnerable to influence from the Kremlin," and giving federal agencies 90 days to stop using Kaspersky security software and remove it from their systems. Best Buy has also announced that it will no longer sell Kaspersky software.
"When they say we have strong ties with Russian espionage, it's not true. We co-operate with many law enforcement agencies around the world — in the past with the U.S. as well," Kaspersky told the BBC. "Please stay with us — you can trust us," he added.
Russian hackers are believed to be responsible for a significant proportion of global cyber-crime, and many people in the security community believe that Russian law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye to their activies as long as they are carried out overseas.
The U.S. government accounts for a negligible proportion of Kaspersky's revenues, according to the report, but the U.S. consumer market accounts for about a quarter of the total.
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