Kaspersky is determined to prove that it’s not a Russian minion. This Saturday the company’s founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky told The Associated Press that his company is willing to hand over the source code to the U.S. Government to prove that their renowned security product isn’t compromised.
“If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code,” he said. The Moscow-based computer security company CEO also added that he’s ready to testify in front of Congress.
“Anything I can do to prove that we don’t behave maliciously I will do it.”
For any software firm, the source code is always considered something very confidential.
Educated at a KGB-backed school, Eugene Kaspersky once worked for Russian military intelligence. In recent months, his company has been the subject of lawmaker skepticism because of his close friendships with the Russian government and intelligence officials. Although there is no firm evidence that Kaspersky Lab is in bed with the Russian government, it hasn’t stopped the concern over Russian interference in the United States.
Under these circumstances, Eugene has offered to testify in front of Congress to mitigate the concern. He also claimed that his company would never participate in any country’s offensive cyberoperations.
“We stay on the bright side,” he said, “And never, never go to the dark side.”
Regardless of the evidence it provides, American politicians may find it difficult to believe the company. It’s not even sure if the code or testimony is guaranteed to change that mindset.