Kaspersky Quits Euro Cyber Crime Fight

Kaspersky Quits Euro Cyber Crime Fight
The company believes it is being unfairly accused of malicious activity just because it is Russian.

(CCM) — Kaspersky Lab, the Russian anti-virus software maker, has decided to stop all collaboration with European anti-cybercrime initiatives.

The move follows a European Parliament motion on June 13, 2018 which calls for a ban on software which is "confirmed as malicious," according to a BBC report. The motion then singled out and named Kasperky Lab, whose software is subject to a U.S. federal agency ban and has also been removed from some U.S. and U.K. government systems on the advice of those countries' security agencies.

Eugene Kaspersky, the company's founder, denies that any of its software is malicious and said in a statement that "this decision from the European Parliament welcomes cybercrime in Europe," the report says. "Kaspersky Lab has only ever tried to rid the world of cybercrime. We have showed time and again that we disclose cyber-threats regardless of origin and author, even to our own detriment," the company added.

The European Parliament's motion flies in the face of a European Commission statement issued in April that said that it had "no indication for any danger associated" with Kaspersky's anti-virus software.

The new motion comes against a background of unprecedented fear by many western countries that Russia is involved in state-sponsored hacking, and that Kaspersky Lab may therefore be involved.

Kaspersky Lab will now stop all collaboration with agencies such as Europol, and it has also put on hold its work with the No More Ransom Project, which helps ransomware victims get their data back.

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