The Water Can’t Get Any Hotter for Kaspersky…

European Union (EU) Votes to Ban Kaspersky Labs Products

On May 25, 2018, European Parliment released the Report on Cyber Defense.  In this report, specifically item #76 (see excerpt below), it specifically states Kaspersky Labs has been confirmed as malicious.

76.  Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used in the institutions in order to
exclude potentially dangerous programmes and devices, and to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab;

As a result, the EU has voted to ban Kaspersky Labs products.  This ban led to an abrupt halt in the relationship between the security company and Europol, an EU law enforcement agency.  In retaliation, the security vendor is no longer working with Europol’s No More Ransomware campaign.

Company CEO, Eugene Kaspersky is blaming the media for the spreading of untrue statements.  To be fair, no one has released any evidence confirming the malicious nature of Kaspersky Labs.  However, one would certainly think there is some sort of confirmation prior to three different countries banning the security software vendor.

Is Kaspersky Crumbling?  Here’s the Timeline

  • May, 2017 – Marco Rubio asks Senate Intelligence Committee if they would be willing to use Kaspersky on their devices — overwhelming consensus was “No”.
  • July, 2017 – Legislation worked towards banning Kaspersky products on military devices
  • July, 2017 – Russians Communication Minister made threats against American software and hardware companies, if legislation banning Kaspersky were to pass
  • August, 2017 – U.S. Government urges the private sector to remove Kaspersky Labs products
  • August, 2017 – U.S. Government confirms ties between Kaspersky Labs and Russian Intelligence
  • September, 2017 – U.S. major electronics retailers, including Best Buy and Office Depot, drop Kaspersky products from their shelves
  • September, 2017 – West Virginia University drops Kaspersky as their security provider
  • September, 2017 – U.S. government ordered federal agencies to remove Kaspersky products on all devices
  • October, 2017 – Allegations were reported the Kremlin used Kaspersky security products to obtain confidential NSA data
  • October, 2017 – Reports claim Israel warned the U.S. of Kaspersky after hacking its network
  • December, 2017 – Kaspersky files a lawsuit against the U.S. regarding the congressional ban of Kaspersky products.
  • March, 2018 – Department of Justice moves to dismiss the Kaspersky lawsuit
  • April, 2018 – Twitter bans Kaspersky ads from its social media platform
  • April, 2018 – U.S. considers sanctioning Kaspersky products
  • May, 2018 – Dutch Government ceases use of Kaspersky Labs products to avoid digital espionage
  • May, 2018 – Kaspersky announced it would be moving key business features out of Russia, relocating to Switzerland
  • May, 2018 – Judge dismisses Kaspersky’s filings to overturn U.S. ban
  • June, 2018 – EU votes to ban Kaspersky products from Europol

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15 thoughts on “The Water Can’t Get Any Hotter for Kaspersky…

  1. Related: I’ve been considering email apps to replace IOS Mail. One I decided not to look at was mail.ru I don’t trust that my emails won’t find their way to Putin’s cronies.

  2. Another propaganda piece by Kayla to push PC Pitstop. Ditching the Thrailkill last name is no disguise.

    • This made me giggle a little. I don’t think I even wrote about our product in this piece — just an announcement of the latest hot water they’ve found themselves in. That being said — I’m pretty impressed you spelled my maiden name correctly.

  3. Has Kaspersky been unfairly targeted? Who knows. But Russian Intelligence’s interference in the domestic politics of several Western countries has consequences. If Kaspersky wants to blame someone, I suggest they look no further than Putin. For the record, I had Kaspersky’s antivirus on my personal computer several years ago and found it was a pretty good product. But, and that’s a big “but”, anyone who still uses it is taking a gamble.

    • @Howard Russell: I agree with you. Kaspersky should sue Putin. I used to have Kaspersky on my stuff but thought better of it, precisely because of the way Putin runs the place, and stop using them. Russia is a generally bad actor globally and to think that they’d not use Kaspersky to further their political aims is a a bit naive. I feel sort of bad for Kaspersky if they are truly and innocent here but they should have got out of Russia years ago, anybody could see this coming except, I guess, Kaspersky. It will take years to rehab their image. New name and a new country will help.

  4. Marco Rubio was in there at the beginning of events.
    Time will probably show us his intentions.

    Money-grubbing, power-hungry lawyers positioning themselves to profit in both those arenas are not uncommon in these affairs.

  5. THIS MAY HAVE MORE TO DO WITH GOVERNMENTS AND SPY AGENCIES THAT HAVE BECOME PARANOIA OVER SOME PROGRAMS THAT FIX OR DELETES INFORMATION ON COMPUTERS AS GOVERNMENTS ARE GETTING READY TO IMPLEMENT “MARSHAL LAW’….MORE EVIDENCE IS NEEDED THAT KASPERSKY HAS INTERFERED WITH THEM COLLECTING INFORMATION…. KASPERSKY MAY HAVE BECOME THE SCAPE GOAT FOR THESE GOVERMENTS…. THIS IS JUST A THOUGHT. IT SEEMS TO ME THIS IS HAPPENING WORLD WIDE….. GOVERNMENTS ARE BEGINNING TO FEAR THE PEOPLE WHILE THEY TRY TO CONTROL THE MASSES ….

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