Kaspersky Lab facing fresh EU and US restrictions

Kaspersky Lab facing fresh EU and US restrictions
Eugene Kaspersky has said the company will stop collaboration with Europol and other European law enforcement agencies.
Published: 16 June 2018 - 10:38 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Kaspersky Lab has decided to end collaboration with European law enforcement agencies, after the European Parliament passed a motion calling the company's software "malicious".

Eugene Kaspersky, company founder, said the company would halt all co-operation with European cybercrime-fighting initiatives, including work with Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a cyber security resolution which could effectively ban Kaspersky products in the EU. The resolution, which is intended to stop state-sponsored hacking of EU citizens, specifically mentioned Kaspersky, calling its software malicious.

The Kasperksy CEO announced via Twitter that the company would cease assisting law enforcement organisations.

"We have protected the EU for 20 years working with law enforcement leading to multiple arrests of CYBERCRIMINALS. Based upon today's decision from the EU Parliament, we are forced to freeze our cooperation with orgs including Europol..."

Also on Wednesday, the US government passed a resolution banning all government agencies from using products or services from Kaspersky.

The rule will apply to all federal acquisition, and will prohibit government agencies, and their contractors from using the company's software or services, the Register reports.

In May, Kaspersky Lab announced that it would move a number of core processes and infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland, and assign a third party to oversee transparency and integrity

The move was part of the Kaspersky Lab Global Transparency Initiative, a program that was seen in part as a way to distance the company from the Russian government.

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