See You Later Kaspersky - It Was Nice Knowing You

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Allegations that Kaspersky's well-known end point security software has been used to provide Russian intelligence agencies with access to sensitive data, potentially creating a backdoor into millions of computers, have been made by The New York Times. With US government agencies already directed to remove the software from computers, the writing is on the wall for the Russian software giant.

The investigation alleges Israeli officials discovered the infitatration when they hacked into Kasperksy's systems.

Kaspersky is denying that they were complicit with Russian intelligence agencies. As I see it there are three scenarios and none of them are good for Kaspersky.

  1. They knew about it and were working with the Russian intelligence
  2. The didn't know they had been hacked and their software had been compromised
  3. They weren't hacked and an investigation will exhonerate them

The first two scenarios will be almost instantly devastating. For a security company to have been infiltrated, either knowningly or not, will smash their reputation to smithereens.

And, even if they are eventually exhonerated, by the time that happens the reputational damage will be so severe that the company will, in all likelihood, either shrink or die completely.

Until this is resolved, it's pretty hard to justify leaving Kaspersky software on any computer.

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Comments

    Key word here being "Alleged"

    Anthony, If you make decisons based on allegations without any facts to back them up i have this magical bean i want to sell you.

    Seems to me you have some sought of agenda against kaspersky. This is a very strongly opinionated article against kaspersky based on heresay from a news organisation who was written false stuff previously.

      I have no agenda at all (actually - I've done some commercial work for them in the last) - I'm just reporting what are serious allegations with, what I see, as strong corroborating evidence.

      Security is about managing risk. If I were in charge of an IT department today (and I have been in the past) I'd ditch them. I don't know if the allegations are going to stick or not. But the risk profile of the company looks a lot worse today than it did six months ago.

        Hey Anthony,

        Thanks for the reply. I just feel like this is all a little bit to convinient that this has appeared given that its only just recently the US Government banned kaspersky from its systems for made up reasons (Russiaphobia being the most likely one), Then all of a sudden a story like this appears in a newspaper with a dubious past with the truth.

        None the less, Thanks for the reply. Sorry if i came off a little aggro :)

      I agree. It seems to be part of the US government's attempts to impose punishments on the Russians for the alleged (that word again) election manipulation.

      Kaspersky has for many years provided top quality software, and there is no other reason to suspect it. At the time of the attacks on it, it raised suspicions about the Israelis, and then later it was based on Israeli 'intelligence' that the US government made its decision to ban the software in government departments.

      Might it not be a case of the Americans conveniently taking advantage of the grudge that the Israelis had against Kaspersky for suggesting they were behind the attack that Kasperksy openly revealed at the time? Now it seems Kaspersky might have been justified in accusing the Isrealis.

    But what would be the risk to a small company of fewer than 20 persons? Minimal? I use Endpoint security with administration server product and would find it hard to have another product that works as well. I am unsure the Russians would want to hack us.

      I guess that's the point. Assess the risks and decide what works for you.

      Why do you think you're not at risk? Aside from the government, what if someone involved in the program had links to criminal gangs and they used it to steal data such as banking logins or sign-in credentials.

      And the risk of running software from a company that could fold?

      I'd assess the risks for my business and make a decision. And that decision might vary from other people's risk assessment.

    Free AV software... Back door... illegally obtained data. Sound like a great movie plot... Oh wait a minute..

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