Russia's Kaspersky Lab says Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interview some U.S. employees

Dianna Christensen
June 30, 2017

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents visited the homes of Kaspersky employees late on Tuesday in multiple USA cities, though no search warrants were served, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the FBI probe.

The founder of the company, CEO Eugene Kaspersky, was trained by a KGB-sponsored cryptography institute and worked for Russian military intelligence before starting the company in 1997.

In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it "has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts".

USA senators sought on Wednesday, June 28 to ban Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab's products from use by the military because of fears the company is vulnerable to "Russian government influence", a day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed several of its US employees as part of a probe into its operations, Reuters reports. To become law, the bill still needs to be approved by the whole Senate and the House of Representatives and be signed by the president.

She argued in a statement that the firm "cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems" as "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming".

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Kaspersky has vehemently denied these claims and has continuously offered to provide access to its source code for government officials.

The company has repeatedly insisted it poses no threat to US customers and would never allow itself to be used as a tool of the Russian government.

The investigation is the result of a secret investigation into Kaspersky's relations with the Russian government by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

Kaspersky Lab has slammed allegations of its ties with the Russian government, saying that it is unacceptable "when false and unfounded accusations, which are not supported by any facts, are laid against the company", Interfax reports, citing the company. "It said that in its 20-year history, the company has abided by "the highest ethical business practices".

NBC News said Kaspersky Lab had been a subject of interest to the USA government for a long time, as Eugene reportedly had close ties to some Russian intelligence figures.

Other reports by GlobalViralNews

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