Kaspersky CEO Reassures Partners, Denies Ties To Russian Government In Letter To Channel

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Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky sought to reassure the company's channel in a letter to partners Thursday, in which he denied allegations of inappropriate ties to the Russian government.

In the letter, Kaspersky said the one constant in the "attacks" against the company is that "facts are continuously misinterpreted or manipulated to fit the agenda of certain individuals separately wanting there to be inappropriate ties between my company and the Russian government."

"I want to reassure you, our valued partner – there is no evidence because no such inappropriate ties exist. While Kaspersky Lab regularly works with governments and law enforcement agencies around the world to fight cybercrime, the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts," Kaspersky said.

[Related: Kaspersky Removed From GSA Schedule, Limiting Federal Sales For Its Security Software]

The letter comes after months of pushback against the security vendor over alleged ties to the Russian government, ties the security vendor has vehemently denied. Kaspersky Lab has global headquarters in Moscow and has North American headquarters in Woburn, Mass. 

This week, the U.S. government removed Kaspersky Lab from the GSA Schedule, an approved list of technology vendors for government departments. While it won’t prevent the government from buying Kaspersky Lab software entirely, it will likely vastly limit the company’s sales to the U.S. government. A Bloomberg report this week also alleged that Kaspersky Lab had been working with the Russian intelligence agency FSB, citing internal emails it had obtained.

In the letter to partners, the CEO said the company has "been committed to trust and transparency" throughout its history. He said the company has offered to resolve the issues by meeting with government officials, testifying before Congress, and providing source code for audit.

"The company has a history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices and trustworthy development of technologies. These principles will never change, regardless of current geopolitical tensions or inaccurate media representations. We have never let – nor will we ever allow – false allegations stop us from fulfilling our primary mission of protecting people and businesses around the world from cyberthreats," Kaspersky said.  

Kaspersky said his team is available to answer any questions or concerns partners or customers may have. He also thanked partners for sticking with the company through the turmoil, saying the company recently has closed some of the biggest deals in the region.

"During these challenging times, I want to personally thank you, our valued partners. With your support, Kaspersky Lab continues to excel in North America," he said.

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