Staff of Kaspersky Lab interrogated as part of investigation of Russian hacking in US elections
FBI was interested in the information the American offices of the Lab are sending to Moscow.
More than ten employees of Kaspersky Lab’s branches in the USA were called for interrogation to FBI, NBC News reports with reference to their sources.
As the channel notes, interrogations were conducted within counter-intelligence investigation, which the bureau leads. Employees from both western and eastern coasts were called to FBI. The TV channel assumes that interrogations could be connected with the investigation of possible intervention of Russia in elections in the USA as the owner of Kaspersky Lab Evgeny Kaspersky “has close ties with some persons in intelligence service of Russia”. However, there is no confirmation of this information, even informal.
It is known that representatives of FBI declared to employees that they collect data on how the company works. In particular, they were interested in how narrowly do offices in the USA report to the head office in Moscow. Besides, the security officers were interested in information on the income of former adviser of Donald Trump, Michael Flynn from Kaspersky Lab.
Earlier, The Washington Post reported that originally Flynn concealed information on the income from the Russian companies, without mentioning in its declaration receipt from American subsidiary of Kaspersky Lab. Later representatives of the company itself declared that Flynn received 11 thousand dollars for his performance at a forum in 2015.
As for interrogations, representatives of Kaspersky Lab in response to the inquiry of RBC declared that the company is private and has no political connections with any country of the world.