European Parliament marked Kaspersky products as malicious programs
Recently, the European Parliament passed the Cyber Defense Initiative (A8-0189/2018) with 476 votes in favour and 151 against it. It called on the European Union to review the software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used by its organisation to eliminate potentially dangerous programs and equipment. , and disable programs and devices that have been identified as malicious, such as malicious programs and devices from Kaspersky Lab.
It is reported that the reason why the European Parliament classified the security company’s software as “malicious” alleged due to the alleged link of the company with the Russian intelligence
In fact, for the same reason, at the end of last year, the U.S. government also announced that it would disable Kaspersky-produced software; in May this year, the Dutch government also announced that it would gradually disable Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus software.
In fact, in mid-May of this year, Kaspersky Lab has announced plans to transfer data from Russia to a new data centre in Switzerland in response to concerns about the relationship between Kaspersky and the Russian government. At the same time, it also regards this as a global transparency of the company. Part of the initiative.
The company has been trying hard to prove that Russia will not monitor other countries through its anti-virus tools. The company said:
“As a sign of our commitment to transparency and openness, we have just announced our decision to open a world-first new Transparency Centre in Switzerland where we will move part of our R&D operations that deal with data collection and processing and will be open to third parties reviewing our software.
Kaspersky Lab remains willing to meet with MEPs to address any questions about the business, its leadership, expertise, technologies and methodology that they may have.”
Kaspersky aims to migrate its software product lines to Switzerland by the end of this year, and by the end of 2019, user data will be transferred to Swiss servers. In Kaspersky’s transparent centre, trusted partners and government stakeholders will have access to source code and data.
The EU parliamentary wording re Kaspersky, which has been voted through, is crossing another bad rubicon in cyber security regarding collaboration and – frankly – law and evidence. Kaspersky aren’t facing a trial, they’re facing an execution. https://t.co/xoXYk5709n
— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) June 13, 2018
In any case, the report is bound to affect some EU member states that ban their government networks from adopting Kaspersky products. At present, countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Lithuania have begun to exclude Russian company software from gov systems. Some well-known experts believe that it would be unwise to implement such a decision without Kaspersky’s conclusive evidence of cyber spying.