Kaspersky CEO reassures channel partners
Cyber security vendor denies ties to Russian government in an open letter to channel
Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has reassured the company's channel in a letter posted on the company's website to partners, in which he denied allegations of inappropriate ties to the Russian government.
In the letter, Kaspersky said the one constant in the "attacks" against the company is that "facts are continuously misinterpreted or manipulated to fit the agenda of certain individuals separately wanting there to be inappropriate ties between my company and the Russian government."
"I want to reassure you, our valued partner - there is no evidence because no such inappropriate ties exist. While Kaspersky Lab regularly works with governments and law enforcement agencies around the world to fight cybercrime, the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts," Kaspersky said.
The letter comes after months of pushback against the security vendor over alleged ties to the Russian government, ties the security vendor has strongly denied. Kaspersky Lab has global headquarters in Moscow and has North American headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts.
This week, the US government removed Kaspersky Lab from the GSA Schedule, an approved list of technology vendors for government departments. While it won't prevent the government from buying Kaspersky Lab software entirely, it will likely vastly limit the company's sales to the US government. A Bloomberg report this week also alleged that Kaspersky Lab had been working with the Russian intelligence agency FSB, citing internal emails it had obtained.
In the letter to partners, the CEO said: "The reported emails show no such link, as the communication was misinterpreted or manipulated to try to make the media outlet's narrative work. Kaspersky Lab is very public about the fact that it assists law enforcement agencies around the world with fighting cyberthreats, including those in Russia, by providing cybersecurity expertise on malware and cyberattacks."
Kaspersky Lab has "been committed to trust and transparency" and regularly cooperates with law enforcement agencies, industry peers and victims of cybercrime. "For example, in the past, we have assisted law enforcement efforts to arrest the Lurk gang, which stole $45m from banks and other financial institutions. Similarly, Kaspersky Lab assisted the Dutch police in identifying and catching the authors of the CoinVault ransomware. The majority of the CoinVault victims have been registered in the Netherlands, Germany, US, France and the UK. The company's goal is very simple - protect users from cyberthreats and make the internet safer for everyone," Kaspersky said.
He added that these principles will never change, regardless of current geopolitical tensions or inaccurate media representations. "We have never let - nor will we ever allow - false allegations stop us from fulfilling our primary mission of protecting people and businesses around the world from cyberthreats," Kaspersky said.
Kaspersky said his team is available to answer any questions or concerns partners or customers may have. He also thanked partners for sticking with the company through the turmoil, saying the company recently has closed some of the biggest deals in the region.
"During these challenging times, I want to personally thank you, our valued partners. With your support, Kaspersky Lab continues to excel in the security," he said.