Kaspersky Lab facing fresh EU and US restrictions
Kaspersky decides to cease collaboration with European law enforcement as EU and US consider bans
Kaspersky Lab has decided to end collaboration with European law enforcement agencies, after the European Parliament passed a motion calling the company's software "malicious".
Eugene Kaspersky, company founder, said the company would halt all co-operation with European cybercrime-fighting initiatives, including work with Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union.
On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a cyber security resolution which could effectively ban Kaspersky products in the EU. The resolution, which is intended to stop state-sponsored hacking of EU citizens, specifically mentioned Kaspersky, calling its software malicious.
The security company said in a statement that the report, which has no legal authority, was based on untrue statements.
The Kasperksy CEO announced via Twitter that the company would cease assisting law enforcement organisations until the company received clarification from the EU.
In a later statement, Kaspersky added: "This decision from the European Parliament welcomes cybercrime in Europe. I do not wish to do anything to further encourage the balkanization of the internet, but I feel that the decision taken in Europe leaves me with no choice but to take definitive action. 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. This is a set back for the fight against cyber threat, but we remain undeterred in our mission - to save the world from Cybercrime."
Also on Wednesday, the US government passed a resolution banning all government agencies from using products or services from Kaspersky.
The rule will apply to all federal acquisition, and will prohibit government agencies, and their contractors from using the company's software or services, the Register reports.
In May, Kaspersky Lab announced that it would move a number of core processes and infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland, and assign a third party to oversee transparency and integrity
The move was part of the Kaspersky Lab Global Transparency Initiative, a program that was seen in part as a way to distance the company from the Russian government.