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Kaspersky CEO Calls Allegations of Spying on US Citizens 'Groundless Paranoia'

© Sputnik / Sergey Guneev / Go to the photo bankDecember 22, 2015. Head of Kaspersky Lab Yevgeny Kaspersky near the Lab's stand during the exhibition of Russia's first Internet Economy Forum
December 22, 2015. Head of Kaspersky Lab Yevgeny Kaspersky near the Lab's stand during the exhibition of Russia's first Internet Economy Forum - Sputnik International
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CEO Eugene Kaspersky dismissed accusations that his company spied on its US customers as lies, and challenged his accusers to reveal how his software was engaging in the alleged activity.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has refuted all allegations made by US media regarding the Russian cybersecurity company’s involvement in spying on US users through its products, calling such claims "groundless and paranoid."

The company’s CEO noted that the product’s features fully depend on the applications’ code and records in the database’s updates. 

“If there are any undeclared features in our products which violate the confidentiality of our users' information, please tell us the product’s number, the name of the module, the address of the suspected code or the update’s number and record’s identifier. Only such technical information is taken for consideration. We will address the issue with the utmost seriousness and will include an internal investigation. If there is no such information – this means [that these allegations are] deliberate lies, or the repeating of somebody’s lies and falsification,” Kaspersky said.

Employees in the Kaspersky Lab office in Moscow - Sputnik International
Kaspersky Lab to Keep Offering Software to US Customers
Over the past several weeks, a number of US media outlets have reported about Kaspersky Lab’s alleged spying on its US customers on behalf of Russian intelligence services. However, no substantive evidence has been provided, and none of the officials making such accusations have openly spoken out.

In September, the US Department of Homeland Security told state agencies and departments to stop using Kaspersky Lab products over their potential threat to US cybersecurity. The company has denied all cyber-espionage allegations.

Russian Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described actions of the US authorities as "discriminatory," adding that the situations cast "a shadow on the image of the United States as reliable partner."

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