Kaspersky Offers to Give Source Code to US Government

Eugene Kaspersky Russian antivirus programs developer and chief executive of Kaspersky Lab spoke during an interview at his company's headquarters in Moscow on Saturday

This Saturday the company's founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky told The Associated Press that his company is willing to hand over the source code to the U.S. Government to prove that their renowned security product isn't compromised.

The security firm's CEO expressed willingness to comply with the US government after his company has come under fire from some USA officials for what they perceive to be uncomfortably close connections between Kaspersky and the Kremlin. "Anything I can do to prove that we don't behave maliciously I will do it.", he was quoted as saying by Associated Press. Some speculate that Kaspersky, an engaging speaker and a fixture of the conference circuit, kept his Soviet-era intelligence connections.

No firm evidence has ever been produced to back up the claims.

Kaspersky, who lives in Moscow and is one of Russia's richest men, previously worked for the Russian military and has often been accused of using his company to help Russian government interests.

Fear of "Russian government influence" against the company is apparently so great that the Senate Armed Services Committee proposed prohibiting the Department of Defense from using Kaspersky's products in fiscal year 2018. Law enforcement seems to be taking a hard look at the company as well.

Kaspersky told AP that he thinks his company's relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation may now be "completely ruined".

The FBI declined to comment, but agents are unlikely to lose much sleep over that; Kaspersky allowed that cooperation between Russian Federation and the United States on cybercrime has often been "far from ideal".

Kaspersky defended his work during the interview, saying he never benefited from official protection of any kind.

Russian communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov responding to the development, warned that any "unilateral political sanctions" would prompt retaliation from Russia. "But it's true", he said.

Kaspersky is determined to prove that it's not a Russian minion.

"I stopped that immediately".

Regarding the case, Kaspersky said: "I do understand why we look odd".

No evidence now sustains theories that Kaspersky Lab is a threat, but it might take more than source code to convince the USA government that Kaspersky poses no threats of cyberespionage.

In light of alleged Russian interference in the last United States presidential election and hacking operations against American companies, the country's intelligence agencies and politicians have called for a ban on Kaspersky products in government agencies out of fear they could contain threats implanted by Russian spies. But he added that his company's internal network was too segregated for a single rogue employee to abuse it.

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