Kaspersky Lab denies it deceived rivals with false viruses

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Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky[/caption] According to the Russia-based Internet security firm, the allegations made in the Reuters news story, which came out on Aug. 14, are ?unethical, dishonest and illegal.? ?Accusations by anonymous, disgruntled ex-employees that Kaspersky Lab, or its CEO, was involved in these incidents are meritless and simply false,? the company said in a press statement. In the story, Reuters quoted two former employees of Kaspersky Lab who said that the attacks were carried out on the orders of the company’s co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky, to punish its competitors for supposedly copying its software. The tech firm said contrary to what the story indicated, it actually shares its threat intelligence data on advanced threat actors with other vendors and also receives threat information in return. ?Although the security market is very competitive, trusted threat data exchange is a critical part of the overall security of the entire IT ecosystem, and we fight hard to help ensure that this exchange is not compromised or corrupted,? it said. The company admitted that in 2010, it conducted a one-time experiment uploading only 20 samples of non-malicious files to the VirusTotal multi-scanner. After the experiment, Kaspersky Lab said it disclosed the activity public and provided all the samples used to the media so they could test it for themselves. ?We conducted the experiment to draw the security community?s attention to the problem of insufficiency of multi-scanner based detection when files are blocked only because other vendors detected them as being malicious, without actual examination of the file activity (behavior),? it explained. In 2012, Kaspersky Lab said it was among the affected companies impacted by an unknown source uploading bad files to VirusTotal, which led to a number of incidents with false-positive detections. ?To resolve this issue, in October 2013, during the VB Conference in Berlin there was a private meeting between leading antivirus vendors to exchange the information about the incidents, work out the motives behind this attack and develop an action plan. It is still unclear who was behind this campaign,? it said. ]]>

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