Kaspersky Lab head summoned to US Congress for testimony

Kaspersky Lab head summoned to US Congress for testimony
Eugene Kaspersky Photo: Vladislav Shatilo / RBC

The company is ready to provide the US Department of Homeland Security with all the necessary information to prove the safety of its antivirus program.

General director of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky was invited to the US Congress to testify. On the eve the US authorities ordered all state institutions of the country to abandon the company's products because of cyber security threats.

The Committee for Science, Space and Technology of the House of Representatives invited general director and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky to testify about the security of the technical solutions that his company provides, Reuters reports.

The meeting, which should be attended by Kaspersky, is scheduled for September 27. In addition to the head of the Russian anti-virus company, independent American experts on cybersecurity will also be invited to the meeting.

Later, Eugene Kaspersky replied at the request of Reuters that he agrees to attend the meeting of the congress.

"I appreciate and accept the invitation to testify before the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and if I can get an stepped-up visa, I will eagerly await a public discussion of my company and its products," the head of the company said.

On the eve, on Wednesday, September 13, the US Department of Homeland Security published an order that obliges all state institutions of the country within the next three months to refuse to use the antiviruses of the Russian company. According to the department, the products of the laboratory are a threat to US security and can be used by Russian special services for unauthorized access to government documents of Washington.

Kaspersky Lab opposed these charges of the US authorities as unfounded and stressed that they intend to prove its innocence. The statement of the company, which was received by RBC, says that the organization has no political ties with any state in the world, has never helped and will not help any government in cyber espionage attempts. The Laboratory also stressed that it will provide the US Department of Homeland Security with all necessary information and is sure that further investigation will confirm that the charges are not justified.

Restrictions of the US authorities on the Russian anti-virus company were commented in Moscow by various government levels. In the opinion of Leonid Levin, the Head of the State Duma information policy committee, Washington's actions may be preceded by a campaign of pressure on Russian business. In the Russian embassy in the US, the ban on using Kaspersky Anti-Virus was called a continuation of russophobia.

Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova commented in her Facebook on the ban with the words "That's all fair competition in three lines." In the Kremlin, following the foreign policy department, the US actions were also considered an expression of unfair competition, and Head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov stressed that the products of the Laboratory lack technical capabilities for cyber espionage.

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