After the United States, the Netherlands in turn bans Kaspersky antivirus from their administration
Kaspersky finds himself more and more isolated. Already frowned upon by Washington and London, the software of the Russian company, specializing in cybersecurity solutions, is now in the sights of the Dutch government. Like the Americans and the British, the Netherlands suspects Kaspersky of being the Kremlin’s Trojan horse to recover sensitive data.
In a statement, the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, notably explained that Russian law can force companies like Kaspersky to cooperate with Moscow. Banning antivirus from the computers of the Dutch government and administration aims to “guarantee national security», Says Ferdinand Grapperhaus. In his eyes, the Russian government has “an offensive cyber program that targets in particular the Netherlands and their interests“.
Kaspersky relocates part of its activities to Switzerland
After this announcement, Kaspersky quickly expressed his disappointment. Russian society denounces “a decision based on theoretical concerns“And claims to be the victim of”geopolitical struggle“. Despite its repeated attempts to prove its good faith, Russian society is struggling to convince. After Washington in September 2017, which had banned Kaspersky in its federal agencies to prevent possible links between the Russian publisher and the Kremlin secret services (FSB) from resulting in information leaks or cyber attacks, the Kingdom -Uni had followed suit in December. The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which is attached to the British intelligence services, had indeed warned against the use of solutions developed by Kaspersky, without however banning the software of the Russian company.
Faced with growing mistrust from Western countries, Kaspersky has announced the relocation of part of its activities to Zurich, Switzerland, from the end of 2018. A decisive element for Kaspersky, the software assembly line from the source code will be transferred to Switzerland. This will be monitored by an independent body, so as to allow the Russian company to demonstrate that its solutions do not embed hidden functionalities allowing Moscow to spy on the sensitive activities of certain countries.
By the end of 2019, a storage and processing center will also be located in Zurich to analyze data from users located in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea. However, the Moscow headquarters of the Russian company will be able to access this data, notes the Financial Times. It remains to be seen whether the Americans, the British and the Dutch will be reassured by this shift operated by Kaspersky.