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26th July 2017, 18:44
Kaspersky Lab's CEO announces the antivirus software is completely free-of-charge (https://www.rt.com/business/397588-kaspersky-free-anti-virus-globally/)

RT (https://www.rt.com/business/397588-kaspersky-free-anti-virus-globally/)
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:49 UTC

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Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has unveiled the global launch of a free version of its antivirus software.
"I've some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news: we're announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which, as you may have guessed by the title, is completely free-of-charge! Oh my giveaway!" company CEO Eugene Kaspersky wrote in a blog post. The announcement came amid US allegations the company is vulnerable to Russian government influence, a charge Kaspersky has vehemently denied.

Last month, US senators said they planned to bar the Pentagon from using Kaspersky Lab software. In response to the allegations Eugene Kaspersky said he was ready to reveal the source code for the company's software to the US government.

The cybersecurity company says the new product is immediately available in the US, Canada, and many of the Asia Pacific countries. In September, Kaspersky Lab plans to cover India, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Latin America. Europe, Japan and South Korea will be able to get access to the free antivirus in October. Thailand and Vietnam will be able to join in November.
"And that, I do believe, will be it - the whole planet covered," Kaspersky wrote. The free version will not replace the paid versions of the company's antivirus software, as it offers "the bare essentials,"including file, email and web antivirus protection, automatic updates and self-defense, according to the CEO.

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‘We stay on bright side’: Kaspersky ready to give source code to US govt
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8:55 AM - 3 Jul 2017
"An increase in the number of installations of Kaspersky Free will positively affect the quality of protection of all users, since the big databases will have more numbers to work with to better hone the machine learning," he wrote. Pilot versions of the new product have been in testing since last year in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China, as well as the Nordic countries.
"I say successfully... - that would be an understatement; for with practically zero promo activity Kaspersky Free was installed several million times, in doing so cranking up our market share considerably," wrote the head of the firm.

Edit: KL AV Free - Downloads:

https://www.kaspersky.com/free-antivirus?redef=1&reseller=gl_kdailypostekkfa_acq_ona_smm__onl_b2c_k asperskydaily_lnk_______


Bill Ryan
26th July 2017, 18:54
Excellent. More details from their own website:


Ben Macdonald
27th July 2017, 00:22

I have the intuition that this is what they say it is. Downloading now.

Anyone finding anything fishy before I install?

27th July 2017, 00:36
Anyone finding anything fishy before I install?
Someone would have squealed if there was even a bug:

with practically zero promo activity Kaspersky Free was installed several million times

Ben Macdonald
27th July 2017, 00:38
Yup, got it. :)

27th July 2017, 02:24
Reading this gave me a subtle Anxiety Attack. I love being out of the scariness of the Cold War, and have really liked Putin. But, I don't like my (United States) economic system, computer system, all things computerized, being linked up to any and everyone. Firewall breeches, viruses. This is scary to me. I feel like I just got pre-warned that if I don't get my Kaspersky Antivirus installed, then I am on a virus hit-list. Then you guys above just say small sentences like. "Yup, got it." Well, what do you "get"? Lately, last decade practically, it seems like people don't just speak freely and say the full extent of what they mean. I am inquizative, but don't know everything. We all learn by sharing. Tell me. Tell me.

27th July 2017, 03:03
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts for you may be swallowing razor blades.

Did You See Them
27th July 2017, 08:05
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts for you may be swallowing razor blades.

As free as photobucket ?

27th July 2017, 10:35
Here's (http://www.techradar.com/reviews/kaspersky-anti-virus-2017) a review of the Kaspersky anti-virus 2017 from tech radar.

Here's (https://www.amazon.com/Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2015-VERSION/product-reviews/B00LC9UU6C/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_paging_btm_4?pageNumber=4) the customer reviews on Amazon.

There's a load of sus posts with five star ratings, so take the review stats graph with a grain of salt, they also have plenty of happy customers but also a lot of disappointed customers, I compared it with the Norton reviews which hard far fewer low ratings.

I've read a couple of their reports on malwares and thought they were excellent.

27th July 2017, 10:41
Yup, got it. :)

Only if you get the time, at some point could you let us know your thoughts on it please, TY.

27th July 2017, 11:51
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts for you may be swallowing razor blades.
Right: like Windows 8-8.1 and Windows 10 (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?84739-Katherine-Albrecht-Windows-10-Is-Full-Blown-Electronic-Tyranny)?!

Currently. most antivirus and Internet security suites have a free version of their full programs which would beat the "free" McAfee install any time of the day!

27th July 2017, 14:08
I use Avast and Ccleaner. Ccleaner is used in safe mode. Those two clean better than a Roomba.

23rd August 2017, 18:09
Five star endorsement of Kaspersky antivirus by the FBI... follow the Jim Stone logic ( :)



The article I quoted was posted on Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/21/fbi-advises-private-companies-to-stop-using-kaspersky-antivirus/):

FBI Advises Private Companies to Stop Using Kaspersky Antivirus (http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/21/fbi-advises-private-companies-to-stop-using-kaspersky-antivirus/)
My [= Jim Stone's] comment: That's because if you put up obstacles that protect your company data, the NSA can't rape it and then sell it off to the highest Matzo Ball gulping bidder. Keep your contacts and customers as private as possible. To prevent the NSA from selling you out to the communists, USE A RUSSIAN PRODUCT that certainly does not meet the demands the NSA puts on American software writers.

The FBI has reportedly been advising private companies to stop using Kaspersky antivirus and internet protection apps, stating that they are an unacceptable threat to national security. My comment: The FBI defines a "threat" as anything they can't get their grubby hands into. YOUR PRIVACY IS TO THEM AN "UNACCEPTABLE THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY".

CyberScoop reports that the FBI has been speaking to intelligence companies in the private sector, warning them away from Kaspersky products claiming that the Moscow-based antivirus and internet security firm is a threat to national security. The FBI's latest warnings are part of a long period of tension between the U.S. government and Kaspersky as many U.S. intelligence officials have worried that Kaspersky products could be used to collect private U.S. data. The FBI aims to have U.S. intelligence firms cease using Kaspersky products entirely.
My comment: ALL ANTIVIRUS PRODUCTS CAN BE USED TO COLLECT "PRIVATE U.S. DATA". Norton. McCaffe. ALL OF THEM. The difference with Russia is that your private data is not handed straight to an American intelligence agency, and then used against you locally, by your local "privileged" competitor. If they want American intelligence agencies to stop using Kapersky, they only want to be ensured they can nip any white hat rebellions in the bud, before they take off.

The FBI's counterintelligence team has been briefing multiple U.S. based companies since the start of 2017, prioritizing companies in the energy sector and companies that use industrial control (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems as the FBI fears that cyberattacks on the U.S. electrical grids could be devastating. The prioritization of companies in the energy sector is partly due to recent cyberattacks on power grids in Ukraine and the Department of Homeland Security's classification of the energy sector as "critical infrastructure."
My comment: That sounds cute, but is completely hollow, when absolutely no critical infrastructure system should be accessible to hackers anyway. How would a Kaperski product be different from an American counterpart in this regard then? Is anyone stupid enough to believe Norton is going to protect you from the latest CIA/Israeli drafted form of Stuxnet?

The FBI reportedly gave these companies a high-level overview of their threat assessment of Kaspersky products, including supposed links between the Kaspersky company and Russian intelligence agencies. The FBI listed a number of questionable actions by the Kaspersky company such as an instance in which the company allegedly faked malware. Kaspersky, however, denies these claims stating that the accusations come from, "disgruntled, former company employees, whose accusations are meritless."
My comment: I never worry about the Russians, they are not the ones causing problems around here, why should anyone else worry then, when the obvious real threat is so-called, "American intelligence" which is really just an apparatus of treason that is working a LOT HARDER than the Russians to destroy individuals, and hand their rightful futures to a handful of disgusting "elite"? Let's see the FBI do something to rein in Google. How about the Clintons? Then they can talk!

Companies that use ISC and SCADA systems have reportedly been extremely cooperative with the FBI with some even quietly moving away from Kaspersky products and signing contracts with Kaspersky competitors. Larger and more traditional tech companies that have had longstanding relationships with Kaspersky are reportedly less compliant with the FBI with some seeming to ignore the FBI's warnings.
My comment: That's because if they were smart enough to survive long enough to become "larger and more traditional" despite the atmosphere they operate in, they know the FBI is full of sh*t, and are predominantly Jewish, which would DEFINITELY KNOW THE FBI IS FULL OF SH*T because they own the FBI!

"If these briefings are actually occurring, it's extremely disappointing that a government agency would take such actions against a law-abiding and ethical company like Kaspersky Lab, " a Kaspersky representative said in a statement to CyberScoop. "The company doesn't have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against Kaspersky Lab. The only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab, a private company, is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight, and it's being treated unfairly, even though the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber-espionage or offensive cyber efforts."
My comment: Forget the geopolitical part, the FBI's interest is in destroying America. if the FBI speaks out against ANYTHING security related, anything at all then whatever they speak against should become your only consideration for use. With all the patsies, false flags, and how well they handled Charleston which was an enemy action from within, staged by elite people they know all about, If they won't pursue Hillary despite the enormous body count they have no credibility whatsoever. YOUR ONLY CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE KAPERSKY ALL THE WAY, BY MEANS OF DEFECTIVE MERIT THE FBI JUST TOLD US WHO IS LEGIT.

================================================== ===

Remember Vault 7 (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?95892-Vault-7)?

That's the "warez" department maintained and augmented by the CIA for their own - as well as their friends' (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?95892-Vault-7&p=1175640&viewfull=1#post1175640) - benefit... with - very likely - special instructions to cooperative, US affiliated cybersecurity software companies to leave those warez alone...

Clear Light
26th August 2017, 18:49

Ah, just as an FYI but if you can't wait to download it as per their "global roll out schedule" (see image) but you do, however, have access to a VPN then simply connect to the USA and go to the "Kaspersky Free download page (https://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/thank-you/free-antivirus-download)" to install the product :clapping:

Note : Ensure your VPN connection stays active until the product is Activated !

And I can report that from the UK (over the last month or so) you can update the program's database as often as you like without having to "pretend" you're based in the USA ;)

Apparently some "things in life" ARE "for free" LOL :ROFL:

26th August 2017, 19:05
I will wait awhile see if any problems happen. But...maybe they have backdoors built in just like the three letters...sometimes my general paranoia get's the better hand.

26th August 2017, 22:24
Reader! take notice that the information war is an illusion of diversion.
Same bird with 2 wings/parties/enemies/powers/etc...

Eventually we have no privacy in the electronic media what so ever.
If a person is targeted all the information is accessible. All secret services are sharing/trading information for their interests.

Eventually, all state secrets and information systems will be public, it is unavoidable process...

The only practical way to hide information is by massive distribution, replication and obscurity.

Forget about encryption, and AntiVirus. They are both espionage monitoring tools.

If you want to keep your privacy use an esoteric system, unknown, obscure, with no viruses (Like obscure Linux distributions, or forgotten legacy operating systems like BeOs etc).
The price/penalty is portability and integration with the rest of the world.

For those of us who care for anonymity, I suggest freenet (https://freenetproject.org/)."

Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing.

Happy surfing. They know what your read, what you heard and what you wrote.
Next they will know what you think, and prevent your thoughts in your mind.


27th August 2017, 15:27
Rest assured...those who write the "Anti-Virus" software can very well write the Virus Software.
You may think your computer is clean.
Because a piece of software tells you that it is squeaky clean?
That piece of software will tell you whatever the software writer wants it to tell you...no ifs, ands or buts.
Unless you know how to interpret 30+ million lines of computer code (as in Windows 10, for example, just an "educated guess" at the lines of code, IIRC remember Windows NT was some 14 million lines or so), you are at the mercy of the software writer.
So...let's all jump ship and install some Russian software...because it's FREE!
Yes, that's it, that's the ticket!
OK, so since I got myself into this thread, someone will surely ask "What Anti-Virus Software do you use, Mr. Smarty Pants?"
I use either none (they are for internal work, we just don't go to suspect sites and click furiously at anything that pops up) or the one my ISP provides, for a fee.
If my computer gets hosed, I reformat the drive and reinstall the Operating System.
No sense in blaming the ISP.
They have more lawyers than I do LOL!!!
Keep important data on Local, external drives and do unplug them from time to time.

13th September 2017, 13:48
From Jim stone's experience (



Gee, I would love to return the site to normal!

Here is what may have happened: After hackers released all the NSA hackware files, Kaspersky went through them and plugged all the holes. That would explain why American intelligence is telling people to avoid Kaspersky.

Let me repeat an old story on this site . . . .

Years ago, (2012 or so) a Norton programmer contacted me and told me that both Norton and McAfee had people permanently stationed at Microsoft, and their only job was to cooperate with Microsoft and make sure their system security products did not close any NSA backdoors that Microsoft put there for the NSA.
This is cold hard irrefutable fact, not internet rumor.

So do you think I am going to listen when American intelligence tells me to avoid Kaspersky, WHICH HAS NO PEOPLE SITTING AT MICROSOFT, cooperating to make sure no holes get plugged?

Also of note: This programmer made no mention of Trend Micro, so maybe Trend Micro products actually work too.

Anyway, testing the waters here with Kaspersky (and hopefully not testing fate!)
I will certainly keep you updated.

ADVICE: The best Icelandic web host is Orangewebsite.com, if you have been shut down GO THERE.


Initial tests look promising.

The old system I have been using since 2011 was not well secured at first, which means permanent bugs got planted on it. there was nothing I could do to secure it.

Thanks to the plentiful donations this month, I was able to get a new computer with a very enhanced security arrangement.

It goes well beyond Kaspersky.

The new system probably wont keep me safe from the NSA, but I could actually care less about the NSA because they are not a random idiot causing mayhem and the NSA prefers to not be noticed. They would be noticed, I am not a blind fool.

This system is now configured to keep me safe from keyloggers and remote a-holes even if 50 of them get bugs planted. There are no hacker tools outside of intelligence that will work, (and I am sure even American intelligence will be stifled but probably not entirely stopped).

Anyway, I have more eyes with this than a spider, I will keep people posted if anything goes wrong, or if all goes well.

I am (somewhat guessing, not completely confident) that it was media matters types, and not American intelligence that was causing the problems. So much can be done outside official channels that intelligence agencies are only a partial worry. If the new security holds, it probably was not American intelligence.

This might work a little bit better now, but probably will not be perfect because it is up to the web host to keep this secure, and I doubt they were as careful as I was with the new system.

13th September 2017, 15:43
FBI briefing US companies to dump Kaspersky, claiming intelligence prove it a 'threat to national security'

Quote: "The FBI has been briefing private companies in the US since the beginning of the year to ditch Kaspersky, claiming that it has evidence that the company's products are a "threat to national security"."

Link: https://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/3015991/fbi-briefing-us-companies-to-dump-kaspersky-claiming-intelligence-prove-it-a-threat-to-national-security

Filtering the spin, then the alphabet agencies are having difficulty cracking this nut.

So five stars to Kaspersky for your antivirus software, it has now been officially endorsed by the alphabet agencies.

13th September 2017, 17:25
So five stars to Kaspersky for your antivirus software, it has now been officially endorsed by the alphabet agencies.
We are agreed :)

Five star endorsement of Kaspersky antivirus by the FBI... follow the Jim Stone logic ( :)



The article I quoted was posted on Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/21/fbi-advises-private-companies-to-stop-using-kaspersky-antivirus/):

FBI Advises Private Companies to Stop Using Kaspersky Antivirus (http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/21/fbi-advises-private-companies-to-stop-using-kaspersky-antivirus/)

13th September 2017, 23:21
And the award goes to...

DHS orders removal of all Kaspersky Lab products - 'because Russian spies' (https://www.rt.com/usa/403231-dhs-issues-directive-remove-kaspersky/)

RT (https://www.rt.com/usa/403231-dhs-issues-directive-remove-kaspersky/)
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:11 UTC

https://www.sott.net/image/s18/373066/large/800.jpg (https://www.sott.net/image/s18/373066/full/800.jpg)

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered all government agencies to "develop plans to remove" all "information security products, solutions, and services" produced by Kaspersky Lab, the Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider.

The DHS issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) that calls "on departments and agencies to identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems" and "to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products," giving them 90 days to comply with the order.

The DHS further explained that its decision is based on assessments of the "information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems." It added that these products could be "exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems."

US authorities also believe that "certain Kaspersky officials" could have ties with Russian intelligence and other government agencies, providing an opportunity for US security to be "compromised."

"The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security," a DHS statement issued Wednesday reads.

The DHS provided no specific evidence supporting its claims, however.

It also afforded "an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the department's concerns or to mitigate those concerns."

In recent months, Kaspersky Lab has been subjected to increased scrutiny by US law enforcement agencies and Congress. In June, the FBI questioned its employees across the US while US senators approved a draft defense policy spending bill aimed at barring the Pentagon from using its software.
SOTT Comment (https://www.sott.net/article/361904-DHS-orders-removal-of-all-Kaspersky-Lab-products-because-Russian-spies): According to Jake Williams writing for CyberScoop (https://www.cyberscoop.com/kaspersky-fbi-jeanne-shaheen-jake-williams-op-ed/), the FBI has been briefing U.S. companies to stop using Kaspersky products. But the intel they've been sharing has not been made public. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is behind the push to drop Kaspersky from Pentagon networks, citing "Russian spies" and "classified assessments" - i.e., no evidence. But as with any antivirus software, there is always room for concern. Ironically, that concern means that if it's true, Kaspersky and (allegedly) the Russian government already know everything the U.S. intel knows:
It has been reported that one of the pieces of "evidence" against Kaspersky is that they inappropriately exfiltrate files from customer environments. It is entirely possible that this is benign behavior as part of Kaspersky's cloud analytics program, but for this discussion, let's take the claim at face value and assume maximum malice.

From their software installations, Kaspersky could be monitoring emails, webmail exchanges, and other documents being shared. The FBI is specifically briefing organizations that use Kaspersky products, so all of the companies briefed would be subject to monitoring from Kaspersky. The briefings from the FBI are certainly scheduled. Even if the FBI tells the organizations not to talk about the upcoming briefing over email or other electronic messaging, human nature - especially in organizations that do not have a security culture - virtually guarantees that some percentage of them inevitably do.

If Kaspersky is what the FBI claims it is, they have certainly intercepted these communications and shared them with Russian intelligence.

And, after the briefings from the FBI; when organizations are considering switching antivirus products, the merits of the bureau's arguments are certainly being discussed in channels that Kaspersky could monitor. Switching antivirus providers is no small investment in time and software costs and it is a decision that is not taken lightly by any organization. The quality of the arguments put forth by the FBI would doubtless be discussed by IT, information security, procurement, and management personnel. Until Kaspersky is replaced in the organization's network, they are again in a position to intercept this data and share it with Russian intelligence.

It is easy then to make the case that those being briefed by the FBI are discussing the facts of the Kaspersky case. It is also clear that Kaspersky would be in a position to monitor these discussions and report them to Russian intelligence. The Russian government is doubtlessly interested to know what information the FBI is briefing U.S. organizations about a Russian company. If Kaspersky can be influenced by Russian intelligence (as the public claims by the FBI imply) then we can only conclude that Kaspersky (and the Russian government) already know what the FBI is briefing.

Protection of intelligence sources and methods is the standard reason given for withholding intelligence data from public consumption. But, if Kaspersky and Russian intelligence knows what the FBI is briefing to U.S. companies, there are no sources and methods to protect.

The American public remain the only people unable to make an informed decision about whether or not to use Kaspersky. The FBI needs to educate the American people so they can make an informed decision about Kaspersky.

It's high time the bureau showed its cards or folded its hand. In mid-July, the US General Services Administration (GSA) removed the firm from two lists of government contractors, citing security reasons.
SOTT Comment (https://www.sott.net/article/361904-DHS-orders-removal-of-all-Kaspersky-Lab-products-because-Russian-spies):: It looks like the recent push by Shaheen is just more bandwagon-jumping "Russkies are coming" nonsense (https://www.scmagazineuk.com/us-senator-pushes-for-us-government-wide-ban-on-kaspersky-software/article/687110/):
"Americans were outraged by Russia's interference in our presidential election, but a wider threat is Russia's doctrine of hybrid warfare, which includes cyber-sabotage of critical American infrastructure from nuclear plants to electrical grids," Shaheen said in the release. "Kaspersky Lab, with an active presence in millions of computer systems in the United States, is capable of playing a powerful role in such an assault. It's time to put a stop to this threat to our national security."

The senator also cited a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in May where six top intelligence officials, including the heads of the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency (NSA), unequivocally answered no when asked if they would be comfortable with Kaspersky Lab software on their agencies' computers, as an example of the threat the firm poses.

Shaheen has already successfully introduced an amendment to the Senate defense policy legislation that would bar the US Defence Department from using Kaspersky Lab software and is now looking to expand the ban to all federal agencies. The move comes less than a day after Bloomberg magazine published an article, accusing the Moscow-based world cybersecurity leader of having close ties to Russia's security service, the FSB.

Kaspersky has repeatedly denied all claims of collusion with the Kremlin and denounced the report as "numerous allegations, misinterpretations & fakes."

The firm then issued a statement in which it said it had never launched DDoS attacks on behalf of the Russian government or any other entity. It further denied that it ever assisted government agencies in tracing and hunting down people.

Kaspersky Lab reiterated that it "has no ties to any government"and is a victim of a political battle.

Facing intense pressure from US authorities, company CEO, Eugene Kaspersky even expressed his readiness to reveal the source code for its software to the US government in order to dispel all allegations of its perceived links to Russian intelligence.
SOTT Comment (https://www.sott.net/article/361904-DHS-orders-removal-of-all-Kaspersky-Lab-products-because-Russian-spies): According to engadget (https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/02/kaspersky-lab-offers-source-code-to-gain-trust/), Kaspersky said that
some governments (he hasn't said which) have pressured Kaspersky Lab to go to the "dark side" and launch cyberattacks, and that some staffers are former Russian intelligence officers. However, he insists that his company has never caved to those demands, and that the hires are "most probably" sales staff meant to court government deals. He adds that the company network is too segmented for any one employee to abuse it. "If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code," he told AP in early July, adding that he would do "anything he can" to "prove that we [the Kaspersky Lab] don't behave maliciously."

Remarkably, the head of Kaspersky Lab's computer incidents investigations unit, Ruslan Stoyanov, was charged in Russia in February 2017 over "treason in favor of the US" together with two FSB officers.
SOTT Comment (https://www.sott.net/article/361904-DHS-orders-removal-of-all-Kaspersky-Lab-products-because-Russian-spies): Even Best Buy (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/08/best_buy_yanks_kaspersky_software/) is getting in on the action. It has pulled Kaspersky software from their shelves:
Despite there being no concrete evidence to indicate that the security software is a threat, the retail chain is ending its long relationship with Kaspersky, a Best Buy spokesperson confirmed to The Register on Friday. As to the reasoning, the store chain just said that it doesn't comment on contracts with specific vendors.

"Kaspersky Lab and Best Buy have suspended their relationship at this time; however, the relationship may be re-evaluated in the future," the Russian biz told The Register today.
[Shaheen:] "Under Russian laws and according to Kaspersky Lab's certification by the FSB, the company is required to assist the spy agency in its operations, and the FSB can assign agency officers to work at the company. Russian law requires telecommunications service providers such as Kaspersky Lab to install communications interception equipment that allows the FSB to monitor all of a company's data transmissions."

What she didn't add is that under the terms of the Patriot Act and other legislation pushed through as part of The War Against Terror (TWAT), American software companies are under similar obligations if the government comes knocking at their doors.

Indeed, the CIA's investment arm In-Q-Tel even funds security startups. FireEye, Interset, ArcSight and Silver Tail Systems all got funding from the intelligence agency.

But why let the facts get in the way of a good bit of publicity? Bashing Kaspersky is very much the game du jour at the moment. The FBI has been giving classified briefings to politicians warning them about the software and conducting nocturnal visits (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/28/kaspersky_lab_us_staff_questioned_by_fbi/) to Kaspersky staffers' homes. Those of us without security clearance are being told to trust them and steer clear of the nasty Russian code, m'kay. Can't have Kaspersky potentially doing what the CIA via Microsoft already does (https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5y0e33/breaking_cia_turned_every_microsoft_windows_pc_in/)!

Moscow charges ex-FSB & Kaspersky staff with treason ‘in interests of US’ – lawyer (https://www.rt.com/news/375902-fsb-kaspersky-us-treason/)


All that fanfare to point away from "Vault 7 (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?95892-Vault-7)."

And, with Vault 7, all of what an intelligence agency needs to do is hack Microsoft, Apple, android, etc, backdoors and pose as NSA, FBI or CIA... and it will have the whole world at its fingertips... sheesh...

15th September 2017, 15:26
From Jim Stone (

You can get 12 great software tools (including antivirus) from Kaspersky for free now

Kaspersky responded to slander from the U.S. government by releasing 12 great tools including antivirus for ABSOLUTELY FREE, and on top of that, they released their source code to prove there were no back doors that favor Russian intelligence.


People are wondering how to get to the actual Kaspersky page that is not sabotaged or crap (because all the search engines are diverting people) HERE IT IS. (https://www.kaspersky.com/downloads)

On top are the pay products (that is what I would go for and you can try them free for a month), and all the way down at the bottom there are 12 completely free tools that appear to be great, including virus scanners, hard drive recovery and more. Have fun!

17th September 2017, 05:25
From Jim Stone (

You can get 12 great software tools (including antivirus) from Kaspersky for free now

Kaspersky responded to slander from the U.S. government by releasing 12 great tools including antivirus for ABSOLUTELY FREE, and on top of that, they released their source code to prove there were no back doors that favor Russian intelligence.


People are wondering how to get to the actual Kaspersky page that is not sabotaged or crap (because all the search engines are diverting people) HERE IT IS. (https://www.kaspersky.com/downloads)

On top are the pay products (that is what I would go for and you can try them free for a month), and all the way down at the bottom there are 12 completely free tools that appear to be great, including virus scanners, hard drive recovery and more. Have fun!

Release the source codes, I cannot recall the last time any business was that transparent.

With the release of the source codes I think the alphabet agency would have now contracted a severe case of foot in mouth disease.

Seriously, I downloaded Kaspersky antivirus last night and it was installed within a half hour, it was that easy.
Download took 10 minutes and installation took 10 minutes.
And that is coming from a person whom considers "The Idiots Guide to Computers and the Internet" to be a technological bible of sorts.
The most difficult part of the process was uninstalling my Avast antivirus software.

17th September 2017, 23:02
please correct me if I'm wrong but no-one gets anything for free-

I've used PAID (not expensive) Kaspersky for yrs. and I find it very affective (have never had a virus/worm/trojan, etc.) but I am very wary of gift horses (despite what Jim Stone states)-

anything given intitially for free will later demand payment of some sort-

be well all-


18th September 2017, 13:36
please correct me if I'm wrong but no-one gets anything for free-

I've used PAID (not expensive) Kaspersky for yrs. and I find it very affective (have never had a virus/worm/trojan, etc.) but I am very wary of gift horses (despite what Jim Stone states)-

anything given intitially for free will later demand payment of some sort-

be well all-

Right... usually - with free, bridled versions - one keeps being pestered to upgrade to a paid, unbridled version...

15th October 2017, 10:31
Israel Warned U.S. of Kaspersky After Hacking Their Network

Israel Raises Concerns to U.S. Regarding Kaspersky Labs

Americans now have a better idea why the government has decided to block federal agencies from using Russian-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, products. Engadget (https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/11/israel-kaspersky-russia-nsa-hack/?utm_source=Daily+Email&utm_campaign=17ced5b499-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03a4a88021-17ced5b499-248674417)reported,
“Israel-linked hackers were watching Russian hackers breach an NSA contractor’s computer in real-time using a popular anti-virus tool. “
During this process, screenshots and documentation were taken by Israel, showing how the Russian hackers were using Kaspersky software to obtain the highly confidential information off of the NSA contractor’s device. Israeli officials then turned this information over to American officials. It was not only this information, but the suspected ties to the Kremlin that led the U.S. government to lead a movement removing the Russian-based company’s products from federal devices.
Kaspersky No More?

First, Kaspersky was removed from the General Service Administration (GSA) contract; meaning, it is not an approved security solution for government agencies to use on devices. Second, Congress began litigation to ban the security products from all government devices. Third, the security software was banned from all military devices. Most recently, the government has given federal agencies until mid-December to remove Kaspersky products from their devices and find an alternative security solution.

From a retail perspective, the FBI has also encouraged private-sector companies to review their use of the Russian-based security program. Shortly after, two major electronics retailers, Best Buy and Office Depot dropped the security program from their retail and online stores.


15th October 2017, 10:46
I am not the best person to listen to when it comes to anything tech related (hopeless at tech), but I did think it was quite funny. If a flashlight app has been found to be able to steal all your personal details, what is it about a Russian anti virus, free to everyone around the world, that is not suspicious?

Ernie Nemeth
15th October 2017, 10:52
If I could I would say what can prove this is all propaganda. That all spyware and anti-virus programs allow hacking through programmed back doors. Just like all large programs mine data from every computer under the guise of checking for new updates.

In a world of capitalism, a technology like the computer and the internet cannot be allowed to be secure. If it was it would be far harder for the captains of industry to sell us their wares, hawk their crap, and test the pulse of their consumers. Let alone control us.

Computer security is simple - don't connect to the internet. If you do, all bets are off.

23rd October 2017, 19:17

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has unveiled to independent experts an unprecedented Global Transparency Initiative that will open its code. The audit is a bid to stave off US accusations the company is working for Russian security services.

In July, Kaspersky made an offer to hand over source code for his software to the US government. The proposition was not taken up...
The latest announcement comes two days before the US House of Representatives gathers to discuss allegations against the company...
which Kaspersky said was based on “unfounded conspiracy theories,” has not been passed into law, but was enforced by a directive from the Department of Homeland Security last month.

10th November 2017, 13:01
The release of Kaspersky Lab's code made it easier to track CIA's cotton picking fingerprints on their campaign against Kaspersky:

Cross posting from "Vault 7" (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?95892-Vault-7&p=1189848&viewfull=1#post1189848):

Wikileaks: CIA Wrote Code to 'Impersonate' Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab (https://sputniknews.com/science/201711091058962509-wikileaks-cia-code-kaspersky/)

Sputnik Tech (https://sputniknews.com/science/)
19:05 09.11.2017
(updated 19:20 09.11.2017)

Kaspersky Lab IT company has come under increased pressure in the US amid accusations concerning its alleged work for Russian intelligence, a claim denied as false.

Wikileaks has revealed that CIA had written a code to "impersonate" Russia-based Kaspersky Lab.

According to the whisteblowing organization's press release dedicated to Vault-8 (https://t.co/EvE8GdyAmM) documents, "This publication will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts and the general public to better identify and understand covert CIA infrastructure components."

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/512138307870785536/Fe00yVS2_bigger.png WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks (https://twitter.com/wikileaks)

New WikiLeaks publication reveals CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs anti-virus company https://wikileaks.org/vault8/


7:51 AM - 9 Nov 2017
56 replies 877 retweets 811 likes Wikileaks has stated that it had published the source code for the top secret CIA hacking tool dubbed "Hive," according to which malware operated by US intelligence could mask itself under fake certificates and impersonate public companies.


New Wikileaks 'Vault-7' Batch Reveals Top Secret CIA Virus Control System HIVE (https://sputniknews.com/world/201704141052639103-wikileaks-hive-cia-vault-7/)

'Grasshopper': WikiLeaks Releases New Batch of 'Vault-7' CIA Classified Docs (https://sputniknews.com/world/201704071052399678-vault7-new-batch-grasshopper/)

16th November 2017, 19:38
Hackers Obtained Access to NSA Employee’s Home Computer, Kaspersky Lab Reveals (https://sputniknews.com/us/201711161059168577-hacker-acess-computer-nsa-kaspersky/)

Sputnik US (https://sputniknews.com/us/)
21:05 16.11.2017
(updated 21:19 16.11.2017)

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Kaspersky Lab has updated its investigation on the hacking of a home computer used by an NSA employee.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kaspersky IT security company has announced that access to information on the home computer of the employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA) could have been obtained by an unknown number of hackers.

According to the Kaspersky Lab probe that is linked to media reports about the company’s software allegedly having been used to search and download classified information from the home computer of a NSA employee, the user’s computer was infected with Mokes backdoor, a malware that allows the hackers to obtain access to a device.
"The malware… was a full blown backdoor which may have allowed third parties access to the user’s machine," the Kaspersky Lab has stated.
However, it is possible that Mokes was not the only malware (https://sputniknews.com/science/201710251058526804-badrabbit-malware-russia-central-bank/) that infected the computer in question, the company said, adding that while Kaspersky software on the computer was enabled, it reported 121 alarms on different types of malware.
"The interesting thing about this malware is that it was available for purchase on Russian underground forums in 2011. Also noteworthy is that the command-and-control servers of this malware were registered to a (presumably) Chinese entity going by the name 'Zhou Lou' during the period of September to November 2014," the statement explained.
The internal investigation by Kaspersky Lab was launched after The Wall Street Journal reported in October that a group of hackers allegedly working for the Russian officials had stolen classified data through the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, which used antivirus software (https://sputniknews.com/science/201710251058537867-us-kaspersky-lawmakers-info/) made by the Russian software producer.

Shortly later, the New York Times reported that Israeli intelligence services have hacked into the network of Kaspersky, and warned their US colleagues that the Russian government was allegedly using (https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201710191058360168-kaspersky-lab-victim-political-climate/) Kaspersky software to gain access to computers around the world, including in several US government agencies.

Both reports came a month after the US Department of Homeland Security ordered state agencies and departments to stop using Kaspersky Lab software within the next 90 days, with the company's CEO Eugene Kaspersky refuting all the allegations spread by the media regarding the Russian cybersecurity company’s involvement in spying on US users through its products and calling such claims groundless and paranoiac (https://sputniknews.com/us/201710171058317285-kaspersky-allegation-spying-us-citizens/).

When commenting on the situation in an interview to Die Zeit newspaper, Eugene Kaspersky said,

"There is a feeling that we just had been doing our job better than others, that we had been protecting our clients better than others … Probably, someone in the United States is very unhappy about it."
Most recently, Wikileaks has revealed that the CIA had written a code to "impersonate" Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, which had been used at least three times.

Kaspersky Lab is one of the largest private cybersecurity companies in the world, with its technologies protecting over 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients.

Kaspersky Lab on NSA's Stolen Data: User Disabled the Antivirus on His Computer (https://sputniknews.com/science/201710261058547978-kaspersky-nsa-cybersecurity-malware-computer/)

WikiLeaks: CIA Wrote Code to 'Impersonate' Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab (https://sputniknews.com/science/201711091058962509-wikileaks-cia-code-kaspersky/)

1st December 2017, 02:22
Kaspersky Lab CEO acknowledges that company is 'under attack' by US gov't (https://sputniknews.com/russia/201711281059512782-russian-intelligence-spy-foreign-nationals-kaspersky/)

Sputnik (https://sputniknews.com/russia/201711281059512782-russian-intelligence-spy-foreign-nationals-kaspersky/)
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:33 UTC

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© Sputnik/ Sergey Guneev

In September, the US Department of Homeland Security ordered state agencies to stop using Kaspersky Lab products over their potential threat to US cybersecurity, amid fears that the firm has ties to state-sponsored spying programs.

The head of Kaspersky Lab refuted the cyber-espionage allegations saying that the company has never been involved in spying for the Russian intelligence, Reuters reported on Thursday. He also added that he would move Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab out of the country if he ever received such a demand.

CEO Eugene Kaspersky stated that his company is under attack by the US media and the US government which are spreading lies about the Russian cyber-security giant, acknowledging that these attacks will do harm to the firm.

Due to the misleading media coverage, Kaspersky Lab's revenues in the US will be about 5 to 8 percent lower this year, according to the CEO.

However, he noted that income in the rest of the world will see double-digit growth, except Europe where it is expected to stagnate.

The Wall Street Journal reported in early October that in 2015 Russian hackers had stolen classified data from an NSA contractor's personal computer using Kaspersky software. In September, the US Homeland Security Department ordered state agencies and departments (https://sputniknews.com/us/201709131057367224-us-security-departments-kaspersky-no-use/) to remove Kaspersky products, citing security risks. The firm has repeatedly denied working for any government, calling such claims groundless and paranoiac (https://sputniknews.com/us/201710171058317285-kaspersky-allegation-spying-us-citizens/).

Later the UK government banned federal agencies from using cybersecurity software made by Russian company as well, citing suspicions that Barclays customers, who got a free subscription to Kaspersky Lab, may have been targeted by the firm's alleged spying program.

Why is the U.S. attacking Kaspersky? Because they exposed U.S. and Israeli spies behind Stuxnet (https://www.sott.net/article/367269-Why-is-the-US-attacking-Kaspersky-Because-they-exposed-US-and-Israeli-spies-behind-Stuxnet)

4th December 2017, 15:06
Russian spies everywhere! British cybersecurity experts warn U.K. agencies to stop using Kaspersky antivirus software (https://www.rferl.org/a/kaspersky-u-k-cybersecurity-agency-warning/28893097.html)

Radio Free Europe (https://www.rferl.org/a/kaspersky-u-k-cybersecurity-agency-warning/28893097.html)
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:41 UTC

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British cybersecurity experts have warned U.K. government agencies not to use antivirus software produced by the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.

The head of the National Cyber Security Center, Ciaran Martin, said in a letter dated December 1 that "Russia is acting against the U.K.'s national interest in cyberspace."

He cautioned that "a Russia-based provider should never be used" for the security of vital systems.

The statement stopped short of urging the public to stop using Kaspersky products.

In September, the U.S. government barred agencies from using Kaspersky products after expressing concern that the company could have links to the Russian government or Russian spy agencies.

In October, media reports linked a theft of information from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to Kaspersky software.

Kaspersky has denied any wrongdoing and has said it has no secret collaboration with Russian security agencies.


SOTT Comment (https://www.sott.net/article/370094-Russian-spies-everywhere-British-cybersecurity-experts-warn-U-K-agencies-to-stop-using-Kaspersky-antivirus-software): Fake news. What happened (https://www.sott.net/article/368126-Kaspersky-CEO-US-attacks-us-because-we-found-something-US-doesnt-like) was:

According to US media reports in October 2017, an employee from the National Security Agency (NSA) elite hacking unit lost some of the agency's espionage tools after storing them on his home computer in 2015. The media jumped to blame Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin.

Following the reports, the company conducted an internal investigation and stumbled upon an incident dating back to 2014. At the time, Kaspersky Lab was investigating the activities of the Equation Group - a powerful group of hackers that later was identified as an arm of the NSA.

As part of Kaspersky's investigation, it analyzed information received from a computer of an unidentified user, who is alleged to be the security service employee in question. It turned out that the user installed pirated software containing Equation malware, then "scanned the computer multiple times," which resulted in antivirus software detecting suspicious files, including a 7z archive.

"The archive itself was detected as malicious and submitted to Kaspersky Lab for analysis, where it was processed by one of the analysts. Upon processing, the archive was found to contain multiple malware samples and source code for what appeared to be Equation malware," the company's October statement (https://www.kaspersky.ru/about/press-releases/2017_preliminary-results-of-internal-investigation-of-incident-reported-by-the-us-media) explained.

The analyst then reported the matter directly to Eugene Kaspersky, who ordered the company's copy of the code to be destroyed.

On Thursday, Kaspersky Lab issued another statement (https://www.kaspersky.ru/about/press-releases/2017_kaspersky-lab-full-results-investigation-equation-software) concerning this incident following a more extensive investigation. The results of the investigation showed that the computer in question was infected with several types of malware in addition to the one created by Equation. Some of this malware provided access to the data on this computer to an "unknown number of third parties." So he installed the pirated software, which contained the malware and after scanning the files, that information was sent to Kaspersky for analysis. Isn't that what's supposed to happen when you scan for viruses and one is detected? Somehow they equate that to "theft of information" which isn't the case here since he initiated the scans and being part of an "elite hacking unit" should well know how that all works. Sounds more like the work of a sloppy employee.

Besides the "it's Russian" nonsense, the real reason they won't want you using it is that they then can't hack you (https://www.sott.net/article/364257-The-anti-Kaspersky-campaign-Spies-and-spin-because-Kaspersky-cant-be-breached) or at least have a hard time with it:

There is fear mongering, without any evidence, that Kaspersky may cooperate with the Russian government. Similar accusations could be made about any anti-virus product. U.S. and British spies (https://theintercept.com/2015/06/22/nsa-gchq-targeted-kaspersky/) systematically target all anti-virus products and companies (https://www.wired.com/2015/06/us-british-spies-targeted-antivirus-companies/):

The British spy agency regarded the Kaspersky software in particular as a hindrance to its hacking operations and sought a way to neutralize it.
An NSA slide describing "Project CAMBERDADA" lists at least 23 antivirus and security firms that were in that spy agency's sights. They include the Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure, the Slovakian firm Eset, Avast software from the Czech Republic, and Bit-Defender from Romania. Notably missing from the list are the American anti-virus firms Symantec and McAfee as well as the UK-based firm Sophos. That the NSA and the British GCHQ did not list U.S. and British made anti-virus products on their "to do" list lets one assume that these packages can already be controlled by them.

Horrifically simple, isn't it?

21st December 2017, 17:12
Kaspersky Lab Busts New 'Smartphone Terminator' Malware (https://sputniknews.com/science/201712211060204017-malware-android-smartphone-overload/)

Sputnik Tech (https://sputniknews.com/science/)
16:32 21.12.2017


Malicious new software recently exposed by Russia's top cyber security provider is capable of hijacking Android devices and using them for a variety of nefarious activities before their batteries go up in flames.

Kaspersky Lab has identified a new computer virus called Loapi which masquerades as anti-virus or adult-content apps in order to entice Android device owners into downloading it.

After being installed, however, Loapi starts incessantly bombarding the user with requests to grant it administrator rights until he or she relents.

When this is done, the malware will actively thwart all attempts to revert its status, locking the screen and closing the options menu if the device's owner tries to revoke the program’s clearance. It will also detect any anti-virus software installed on the device and literally force the owner to delete it. Once it is firmly in control, Loapi starts exploiting the infected device in earnest.

The program can spam the smartphone owner with unwanted ads; stealthily sign him up for various paid services and subscriptions (Loapi even sends text messages required to confirm such actions and immediately deletes both incoming and outgoing messages related to this activity); use the infected device to perform DDoS attacks against targets designated by the person in control of the malware; mine Monero cryptocurrency tokens; and, last but not least, the program is capable of downloading new modules in response to remote commands issued by its creator, potentially transforming itself into other types of malware like ransomware or spyware.

Also, while engaging in cryptocurrency mining the program mercilessly exploits the hijacked device, forcing it to operate at maximum capacity and possibly causing it to expire due to overheating. For example, during an experiment performed by Kaspersky Lab (https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/loapi-trojan/20510/) specialists, the battery of a test smartphone "overcooked" 48 hours after the device was infected by Loapi.

According to Kaspersky Lab experts, the best way to protect your smartphone from this new threat is to avoid installing apps you don’t really need, only get your apps from official stores, disable the installation of apps from unknown sources and, of course, use reliable anti-virus software.

18th January 2018, 12:37
Russia's Kaspersky Lab discovers WhatsApp virus with features not 'seen anywhere else' (http://tass.com/economy/985569)

TASS (http://tass.com/economy/985569)
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:32 UTC

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Russia's Kaspersky Lab detects virus stealing messages from WhatsApp © Anton Vergun/TASS

Russian developer of antivirus software Kaspersky Lab has detected a Skygofree virus, which spies on Android users.

In addition, the virus allows hackers to collect and analyze traffic of a victim: visited sites, logins, passwords and credit card numbers

According to the company's statement the malware can record conversations, read and steal sms, as well as messages from WhatsApp and events from the calendar.

In addition, the virus allows hackers to connect devices to Wi-Fi networks they also control, and to collect and analyze traffic of a victim: visited sites, logins, passwords and credit card numbers.
"It has a lot of different functions, including some unique ones that we have not seen anywhere else, for example, it can track the location of the device and switch on a sound recording when the owner is near certain coordinates. In practice, this means that attackers can start listening to the environment of the victim, say, when he or she enters the office or on a visit to a familiar financial director," the experts of the Lab said.
According to the company, the Skygofree virus is spread through fake websites of major cellular operators, where users are asked to install an "Internet connection accelerator". Kaspersky Lab specialists say that this virus has been active since 2014 and is constantly being improved, but it was discovered only at the end of 2017.

Major chip flaw leaves billions of devices vulnerable to security concerns (https://www.sott.net/article/373119-Major-chip-flaw-leaves-billions-of-devices-vulnerable-to-security-concerns)

Russia's snoop-proof Taiga phone launches (https://www.sott.net/article/362944-Russias-snoop-proof-Taiga-phone-launches)

'We live in a new world of sophisticated hacking & cryptojacking' - McAfee to RT (https://www.sott.net/article/372604-We-live-in-a-new-world-of-sophisticated-hacking-cryptojacking-McAfee-to-RT)

DHS orders removal of all Kaspersky Lab products - 'because Russian spies' (https://www.sott.net/article/361904-DHS-orders-removal-of-all-Kaspersky-Lab-products-because-Russian-spies)

Russian experts developed an 'impenetrable' smartphone security system based on behavioral biometrics (https://www.sott.net/article/368628-Russian-experts-developed-an-impenetrable-smartphone-security-system-based-on-behavioral-biometrics)

13th November 2018, 12:09
Kaspersky Lab Plans to File Lawsuit Against Dutch Government (https://sputniknews.com/europe/201811131069760487-kaspersky-netherlands-software-lawsuit/)

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14:04 13.11.2018

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ZURICH (Sputnik) The Russia-based software company Kaspersky Lab is considering the possibility to lodge a complaint against the Dutch government over its refusal to use software designed by Kaspersky Lab in the country's state structures, the company's vice president for public affairs, Anton Shingarev, told reporters on Tuesday.

"I think we will file a lawsuit in a Dutch court, as a very strange decision has been made in the Netherlands. They have confirmed candidly that they have not technically regarded [the possibility to use] our product. In our opinion,… there should be some rules, some checks, there would have been a reason [to reject Kaspersky Lab software] if they had come [to Russia], if they had checked the product and had found something [faulty]," Shingarev said.

"We used to write to them, we suggested presenting the source code to them, to explain how everything works. They said they did not need it yet, and then they decided to prohibit our product," he went on to say. Shingarev added that the company might file the lawsuit within two months.

"There are certain restrictions in terms of procedure. We won't be able to do it in a year or a year and a half," Shingarev concluded.

Media reports emerged in May that the Dutch government had decided to stop using Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software over security concerns, particularly over the claims of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections, which Moscow repeatedly denied.

Kaspersky Lab CEO: 'Despite Issues in US, We’re Showing Growth in Other Regions'

(https://sputniknews.com/interviews/201810191069032358-kasperky-ceo-interview/)Kaspersky Lab Cuts Ties With Europol Over EU Branding Its Software "Malicious" (https://sputniknews.com/europe/201806141065389419-kaspersky-lab-motion-eu/)

9th January 2019, 19:07
Russian cyber firm hounded in US helped NSA bust 50TB data breach – report

Published time: 9 Jan, 2019 18:19
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Kaspersky Lab may be portrayed by the US media as an extension of the Russian government using its antivirus software to snoop on gullible Americans, but in 2016 it helped the NSA to bust a massive security breach.

Harold T. Martin III is currently standing trial for abusing his job as an NSA contractor and taking home an estimated 50 terabytes of data from several US government offices over a two-decade period. The data includes some of the NSA’s most sophisticated hacking tools – which were also sold by a group called the Shadow Brokers and repurposed by several high-profile attacks throughout the years.

But Martin’s arrest by the FBI in 2016 didn’t come as a result of the US government ramping up security procedures and rooting out potential moles and leakers. Rather it came after a tip-off from the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which got alerted by five cryptic messages sent by Martin to two of its employees.

Eugene Kaspersky, Chief Executive of Russia's Kaspersky Lab © REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The Russian company easily identified the man through a bit of online searching, after which its head Eugene Kaspersky personally sent the somewhat incoherent messages and the identifying evidence to an NSA official he personally knew (https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/09/russia-kaspersky-lab-nsa-cybersecurity-1089131), according to Politico.

The tip-off came shortly after the Shadow Brokers began offering to sell the tools designed by the NSA, and attributed to an Equation Group by the cybersecurity community after their first public discovery. It’s not clear if Martin and the Shadow Brokers had any link, but since the group continued operations after the man’s arrest, they are not the same.
“We all thought [Martin] got caught by renewed or heightened scrutiny, and instead it looks as though he got caught because he was an idiot,” Stewart Baker, general counsel for the NSA in the 1990s, and a current partner at Steptoe and Johnson, told the website.

“It’s irony piled on irony that people who worked at Kaspersky, who were already in the sights of the US intelligence community, disclosed to them that they had this problem,” he added.
Irony indeed. Kaspersky Lab itself was accused of stealing some of the Equation Group tools from an NSA employee through its antivirus software. The company denied (https://www.rt.com/news/407761-kaspersky-nsa-malware-russia/) the accusations, but it fell on deaf ears as its suite was banned on US government computers and its name was marred by the US media.

The employee the tools were stolen from was later identified as Nghia Hoang Pho, and he is currently standing trial for doing pretty much the same thing as Martin – taking sensitive NSA data home. At his home computer the kit was identified (https://www.rt.com/usa/411690-ex-nsa-employee-charged-taking-documents/) as malware by Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus and automatically uploaded to the company’s secure network for dissection and analysis.

But then Israeli government hackers breached Kaspersky Lab, found the American cyber weapons and alerted friends in Washington that the Russians were up to no good. By 2016 the Russian company was flagged as a major national security threat. If exposing Martin won it any goodwill with the Americans, it’s not obviously apparent.
“I'm sure the people at Kaspersky are feeling as though they did the right thing and it did them no good,” Baker commented to Politico.
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Reality beating fiction by miles...

Kaspersky Lab itself was accused of stealing some of the Equation Group tools from an NSA employee through its antivirus software.... how it was "stolen":

At his home computer the kit was identified (https://www.rt.com/usa/411690-ex-nsa-employee-charged-taking-documents/) as malware by Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus and automatically uploaded to the company’s secure network for dissection and analysis.... which is the standard procedure for any antivirus worth its name...

... so that the ban on using Kaspersky products in the US is, as a matter of fact, the NSA's way of preventing further discoveries of - as yet undisclosed - NSA hacking tools due to the incompetence of NSA employees... bringing their homework... home!