White House Confirms – Kaspersky Tied to Russian Government

Kaspersky Ties to Russian FSB Revealed

Kaspersky Labs, the Moscow-based security provider, has adamatly denied any ties to the Russian government.  However, CBS News recently confirmed a certificate has surfaced confirming a relationship between the security firm and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).  This certificate confirms the U.S. government’s concerns of ties between the security company and its government services.  The relationship is concerning for many due to the questionable decisions of the Russian government, and whether or not this relationship would be abused to obtain classified information from the devices using Kaspersky for their security solution.  This assumption isn’t necessarily a far reach, considering security programs have access to every file on the end-point.  If they wanted to, they could certain exploit this data.

Rob Joyce, cyber security coordinator for the Trump administration states,

“I worry that as a nation state Russia really hasn’t done the right things for this country and they have a lot of control and latitude over the information that goes to companies in Russia. So I worry about that.”

Former deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell states,

“There is a connection between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence, and I’m absolutely certain that Russian intelligence would want to use that connection to their advantage.”

But Would Kaspersky Provide Data to the Russian Government?

Yes, they have done so before.  In the past, they have “hacked the hacker” and collaborated with the Russian government to prosecute.  Here’s how — first, they would find out where the hacker lived.  Then they would notify the Russian government.  Kaspersky officials would then escort the government employees to these hacker’s homes.  This could be considered a relationship for the greater good.  But, does it cross lines between the security vendor and its nation’s government?  At what point does the information a security vendor obtains become open for release to third-party officials?

 

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24 thoughts on “White House Confirms – Kaspersky Tied to Russian Government

  1. So it is a Russian company….You would have known that by the name…Dah..
    and doing a little research before you purchased the antivirus software…

    Whats so unusual about Would Kaspersky Providing Data to the Russian Government?

    Yes, they have done so before. In the past, they have “hacked the hacker” and collaborated with the Russian government to prosecute. Here’s how — first, they would find out where the hacker lived. Then they would notify the Russian government. Kaspersky officials would then escort the government employees to these hacker’s homes. This could be considered a relationship for the greater good. But, does it cross lines between the security vendor and its nation’s government? At what point does the information a security vendor obtains become open for release to third-party officials?

    ?????? Don’t they do this in this country as Well???
    Aron Schwartz case..in point??

    I’m in SHOCK,

  2. I’ve never trusted the Russians in 40 years, I’m not going to start today, I’m not going to start tomorrow either.

  3. Ah yellow journalism at it’s best, say something it it’s got to be true. For this to be posted here in the PC Matic web site smacks of opportunism of the basest sort, at least to me. Nothings totally secure for enough money or the right ideological cause people will give up the keys to the kingdom to anyone. So get a grip and stop panicking use common sense, Kaspersky is a good product even PC Matic thinks so. In short use products that fit your needs that are reliable, train your staff to not open stuff they shouldn’t and don’t visit sketchy web sites. It aint rocket science.

  4. Oh my! “a certificate has surfaced confirming a relationship”. What does that really mean?
    Publish the certificate so that we can see what it certifies.

  5. “Yes, they have done so before. In the past, they have “hacked the hacker” and collaborated with the Russian government to prosecute.” -So from where does that piece of fiction emanate? No doubt, the same deep state saboteurs in Washington who work hand-in-glove with the controlled mainstream media to demonise Russia and everything Russian at every opportunity, primarily because it defends the traditional conservative Christian culture and family values, which is something that is now despised and being attacked by the degenerate ruling elites of the West.

  6. Sure. Don’t trust Kaspersky. Trust an american based security program. Sure. We’re all zipped up the back eh!

  7. I dumped Kapersky before the last election because I had concerns about a Russian company having access to my home computer. I am glad to have PC Matic protecting me now. Additionally, I felt it best to keep every cent I could in the U.S., not a penny going to Russia for anything.
    I also like PC Matic sending these newsletters and other information, plus the reports when my unit is checked.

    • I also dumped Kapersky before the last election after finding out that their home base was Russia! I chose to switch to PC Matic (Made in the USA) and have been very happy with all that they do to keep my home computer safe.

  8. HORENDOUS AND TERRIFYING …..I HAVE SPENT ALL DAY THIS SATURDAY RYING TO UNINSTALL KAPERSKY FROM MY PC…EXTREMELY DIFFICULT IT TOOK MANY HOURS BUT FINALLY GOT A NOTICE ” UNINSTALL COMPLETEED”…YER THIS AM i AM STILL GETTING KAPERSKY ALERTS AS IF NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • @Bruce R Nelson: Not sure if you ever solved your problem, but if not, maybe check the Kapersky website for a download to remove it completely. If not there are programs like Advanced Uninstaller Pro(it’s free) that not only run the programs uninstaller, it then scans your system for leftovers, like what happened with you, and then removes all that too because many many programs leave crap behind on your system. Hope this helps in the case you have not gotten any progress on removing Kapersky

      • @Jenny: Jenny…had no idea someone might coment on my nar 2 month agonizing effort to cleanse my pc of Kapersky. Staples promoted Kapersky when I bought my Toshiba laptop apprx 2 yrs ago. I am 78/disabled vet with limited pc skills. But apprx 2-3 mos ago I caught a blip from somewhere that Kapersky was in fact a Russian outfit. Given the rape of the 2016 elections which dumped Trump into my and everyone elses face with seeming strong evidence that the ex KGB killer, Putin has his stink in modt every Russian based company…well I wanted that stink (or is it “pink”) out of my pc. PCMatic began to sound attractive alternate. But I could not get the uninstaller to rid my pc of vermin. I began sending Crapersky insulting emails condemning then to pieces as they made me suffer endless go nowhere uninstall aggravations. None of which worked until earlier today a rep named “Sharia” emailed me a super get me outta here solution and in about 20 minutes Krapersdky vaporized from my desktop. (at least I think” its out of my pc but who knows what if any bug they may have planted to haunt me later)

  9. not willing to “risk” anything beyond what little I can do I just DElETEd/UNINSTALLEDF my 2 tr servcie with trapensky, since I dislike Trump and much as i do Putzkin, well why even risk a minute more..so I switched to an American outfit PCMATIC, not know if/what/when the fit will hit the shan with this “protector” of American personal data…BRN, Banner Elk, NC

  10. As one who grew up during the Cold War albeit in the US I have never trusted Kaspersky nor would I trust any other Russian company with protecting my computer. And neither do I trust anybody from India nor any other third world country. Not that I knew of any problems but when I learned my previous anti-virus software provider had been sold to an India based company I wanted to dump them so I was very pleased when I heard about PC Matic being an all American company. One thing I did notice was my Microsoft Office and Adobe programs open much quicker.

  11. Never let a good crisis – or media narrative go to waste, eh?

    But you’ve got it all wrong, the way you get the government to grant you special favors is to pay bribes, er, contributions, er have people speak at the company for exorbitant fees, er, contribute to their “charitable foundation”…

  12. I have said this for a half-dozen years: With 400 million worldwide users of Kaspersky AV, and the Russian government wanting to place a worm to shut down the US electrical grid on January 1, 20xx, the dead of winter with temperatures near zero, 150 million Americans living in the “cold zone”, no natural gas could be pumped, no toilets could be flushed, no gas pumps could fill cars to travel to warm climates, no hospital generators could operate, faucets would be dry, grocery stores would be emptied, cell phones could not be charged, gosh, “What could possibly go wrong?”

    WW3 would be fought by one person in the Kremlin with a mouse – by a country with a smaller economy (GDP) than Italy.

    • @Factsplz: I could not agree more. The past track record of intentions, behavior and actions from the Soviet Union/Russia should be a transparent enough record for anyone with even a somewhat challenged IQ to understand the risk you are taking to use their product for cyber security. It may be an excellent product. But just exactly what all is it excellent at? If you like gambling, go to Vegas. Russian is certainly not a country with a history of the most benign intentions and actions toward others. Not say we are perfect, but there is equivalent historical comparison. Cyber warfare is a key part of asymmetrical warfare. Why enable a potential adversary?

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