Originally Posted by bobmanL11
Originally Posted by zooterboy
Well, check one antivirus/security program off the list of recommendables. Don't care for his idea of "too much freedom is bad" and close ties with an intelligence agency. Conflict of interest much?
As paranoid as it may sound, I have to say I agree.
I'm starting to see a connection in Kaspersky Labs seemingly unique (in the industry) progress in unraveling Stuxnet and Flame. *Cough* they were probably made by the U.S.
If you read the article... That's been confirmed. This link
was available in the Kaspersky article. I just haven't ascertained whether the US government has officially
acknowledged (and disclosed) its level of involvement with Stuxnet.
Anyways, the way I see it Kaspersky Labs is between a rock and a hard place: they can either comply with their country's government, working within the confines of some policies that may be contradictory to their company's founding ideals, or they can decline opportunities to cooperate with the FSB and other government circles, which jeopardizes the company and Kaspersky himself as long as they are headquartered in Russia. The article's author put forth some effort in illustrating Kaspersky's predicament... The situation is further compounded when we consider that Kaspersky's son was kidnapped and retrieved with FSB's help. If Kaspersky was not on his government's whitelist due to previous cooperation, would they still have been so willing to help Kaspersky free his son without him paying the three million dollar ransom with no guarantee of his son's release? That gives Kaspersky all the more incentive to conform to the current government's wishes. Kaspersky blames the Russian social networking site VK for his son's kidnapping--whether or not that may be irrational or disingenuous as the article pointed out--so it's sort of understandable that he has come out against what social networking sites represent as havens for criminals and dissidents. Additionally, Kaspersky Labs is a defense contractor for the Russian government, hardening their systems and training specialists. It's just good business.
Even though his position is understandable, I do agree that his direction and lobbying is somewhat troubling. This is an example of "there's two sides to every story," and good on Wired for capturing the full story.