Kaspersky has survived different assaults in North America on its business. However, the recent ones are serious to the business. The Best Buy Stores stopped using its services. There’s an attempt to stop the usage of its antivirus programs on networks owned by the U.S government. Also, information is circulating warning private companies from using the services of the Russian company.
The NSA dropped another bombshell on the company this week. It’s the alleged links of the company and hackers belonging to the Russian government. It claims that Russians compromised an employee of the NSA and used Kaspersky to check for any files of interest about the intelligence agency. An article in the Washington Post described the hacking as the most serious leakage of data after Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin. It went on to state that the hacked person was from Vietnam but worked for the NSA’s elite hacking division.
It’s amazing how the Russian company manages to stay afloat even after serious allegations and campaigns against it by the US government. However, one might wonder if the revelation by the NSA is the last nail in Kaspersky’s coffin. It is unlikely because of the gaps left by the anonymous sources of the news. For example, it is difficult to understand from the report the role that the Kaspersky software played in giving unauthorized access to the files. One can only be left to imagine that in the worst case scenario the software allowed the Russian government to access the files on the computers. Another scenario is hackers intercepting the client’s files as they were being sent to Kaspersky’s server for analysis. It is normal for an antivirus to perform such an operation. These gaps give the CEO of the company, Eugene Kaspersky, room to wiggle and defend his business.
After the allegation came out, the CEO came out and gave a vehement response. He described the report as being sensationalist. He dismissed the claims that the firm gave hackers access to the computer through the firm’s software and they would launch an investigation to determine if there was any breach. He also stated that all anti-virus software had to access files on a client’s computer to determine which of them is malicious. The statement meant that the software could access the files and it was not illegal to have the access.