European Union (EU) Votes to Ban Kaspersky Labs Products
On May 25, 2018, European Parliment released the Report on Cyber Defense. In this report, specifically item #76 (see excerpt below), it specifically states Kaspersky Labs has been confirmed as malicious.
76. Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used in the institutions in order to
exclude potentially dangerous programmes and devices, and to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab;
As a result, the EU has voted to ban Kaspersky Labs products. This ban led to an abrupt halt in the relationship between the security company and Europol, an EU law enforcement agency. In retaliation, the security vendor is no longer working with Europol’s No More Ransomware campaign.
Company CEO, Eugene Kaspersky is blaming the media for the spreading of untrue statements. To be fair, no one has released any evidence confirming the malicious nature of Kaspersky Labs. However, one would certainly think there is some sort of confirmation prior to three different countries banning the security software vendor.
Is Kaspersky Crumbling? Here’s the Timeline
- May, 2017 – Marco Rubio asks Senate Intelligence Committee if they would be willing to use Kaspersky on their devices — overwhelming consensus was “No”.
- July, 2017 – Legislation worked towards banning Kaspersky products on military devices
- July, 2017 – Russians Communication Minister made threats against American software and hardware companies, if legislation banning Kaspersky were to pass
- August, 2017 – U.S. Government urges the private sector to remove Kaspersky Labs products
- August, 2017 – U.S. Government confirms ties between Kaspersky Labs and Russian Intelligence
- September, 2017 – U.S. major electronics retailers, including Best Buy and Office Depot, drop Kaspersky products from their shelves
- September, 2017 – West Virginia University drops Kaspersky as their security provider
- September, 2017 – U.S. government ordered federal agencies to remove Kaspersky products on all devices
- October, 2017 – Allegations were reported the Kremlin used Kaspersky security products to obtain confidential NSA data
- October, 2017 – Reports claim Israel warned the U.S. of Kaspersky after hacking its network
- December, 2017 – Kaspersky files a lawsuit against the U.S. regarding the congressional ban of Kaspersky products.
- March, 2018 – Department of Justice moves to dismiss the Kaspersky lawsuit
- April, 2018 – Twitter bans Kaspersky ads from its social media platform
- April, 2018 – U.S. considers sanctioning Kaspersky products
- May, 2018 – Dutch Government ceases use of Kaspersky Labs products to avoid digital espionage
- May, 2018 – Kaspersky announced it would be moving key business features out of Russia, relocating to Switzerland
- May, 2018 – Judge dismisses Kaspersky’s filings to overturn U.S. ban
- June, 2018 – EU votes to ban Kaspersky products from Europol
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