On May 18, with the aim of supporting cyber-security, Kaspersky Lab placed a three-dimensional (3D) banner in a park at the Freedom Square saying "Let’s Protect the World”. According to the representative of Kaspersky Lab in Georgia, Zaza Svanidze, placing the banner that lets the passersby take creative photos until June 18, became possible with the support of Tbilisi City Hall. Kaspersky Lab’s promo sparkled unambiguous reaction in the social network. According to Facebook users, the company is connected to the Russian special forces and its activities are detrimental for the Georgia’s security.
We hereby present you the information about Kaspersky Lab, its founder Evgeniy Kaspersky and the activities of the company in Georgia.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab was founded in 1997 and has since been creating products for countering digital threats. The technologies of the lab unite more than 400 million users, 270 thousand corporate clients and is present on the market of more than 32 countries. The headquarters of the company are located in Moscow.
The founder and the CEO of Kaspersky Lab, Evgeniy Kaspersky, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, received education in a cryptographic institute funded by KGB and later worked for Russian military intelligence.
As of today, the cryptography institute (Институт Криптографии, Связи И Информатики -ИКСИ) is subject to the Russian Federal Security Service.
According to the material published by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2015, highly qualified managers left Kaspersky Lab in 2012 and were replaced by individuals with strong ties with the Russian military and intelligence services. Bloomberg Businessweek relied upon the claims by six acting and former employees, according to which the company was assisting the Russian Federal Security Office in conducting criminal investigations, for which they used up to 400 million users’ data. Kaspersky Lab and Evgeniy Kaspersky accused Bloomberg Businessweek for disseminating inaccurate information.
In 2017, during the hearing of the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, the heads of National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency spoke about the possible future threats for the US internal computer networks from Kaspersky Lab and expressed doubts about the connection of the Kaspersky Lab employees with the Russian defense and intelligence agencies. Kaspersky Lab denied the accusations of the representatives of the United States Intelligence Community and stated that the company has not helped and will not help in the future any government in any cyberespionage attempt.
In 2017, Kaspersky Lab’s manager, Ruslan Stoyanov was arrested together with two former employees of the Russian security services – Sergey Mikhaylov and Dmitriy Dokuchaev. According to Forbes, Stoyanov was arrested in accordance to the Article 275 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code which implies state treason. Kaspersky Lab stated that the company did not possess information about the details of the investigation and added that Ruslan Stoyanov had been under investigation even prior to assuming his job at Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov joined Kaspersky Lab in 2012.
Kaspersky Lab in Georgia
In Georgia, Kaspersky Lab actively cooperates with a licensed program distributor – LTD Mont (Tbilisi, Georgia). MONT Group is one of the biggest Russian program distributor company, founded in 1991. Its distribution network includes more than 5,000 organizations in Russia, CIS countries and Georgia.
In September 2016, MONT GEORGIA and KASPERSKY LAB held a partnership seminar on cybersecurity.
In March 2017, Kaspersky Lab conducted a seminar for journalists called "Challenges of Digital World”.
Prepared by Mariam Phedrov
Myth Detector Lab student