Eugene Kaspersky is the CEO of Kaspersky Lab since 1997. This Russian character declared himself as a supporter for an international treaty that bans cyberwarfare. However, his company has shown up numerous times in accusations that condemn any Kremlin ties. To clarify his position once and for all, Eugene Kaspersky is willing to allow U.S. agents examine the source code of his anti-virus products.
Some Theories Incriminate Kaspersky as a State-Influenced Company
On Saturday, Eugene Kaspersky admitted during a press interview at his headquarters in Moscow that he is ready to take into consideration any possibility to clear his name. There have been several rumors that linked his company to illegal espionage activities. However, Kaspersky stated that all these machinations started at least two decades ago. Nonetheless, the whole scheme is groundless and based only on professional jealousy.
“Anything I can do to prove that we don’t behave maliciously I will do it.”
This CEO is a mathematical engineer that went to a school that was sponsored by KGB. He also worked for the Ministry of Defense in Russia. From this career opportunity stemmed all speculations regarding his hostile activities. Some theories doubt the fact that his company managed to remain independent in a country where the state oversees everything. President Vladimir Putin is known for his large in-house influence and appeal for spy networks.
There Are No Evidence to Support Any Kremlin Ties to Kaspersky Lab
On the other hand, there was found no evidence to support these claims. However, American authorities are still criticizing this company for Kremlin ties that were never proven. The situation escalated so much that lawmakers are considering a ban against Kaspersky from the Pentagon. On top of that, FBI agents visited the homes of a dozen U.S. Kaspersky employees.
However, during his recent interview, the CEO did mention that several unnamed institutions tried to make him jeopardize his defensive cybersecurity cooperation. Eugene stated that he withdrew from these propositions as soon as he understood the hidden purpose. He declined to offer more details on the matter.
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