Reuters: Kaspersky Denies Sabotaging Competitors' AV

Two former employees told Reuters that Kaspersky Lab tried to trick rival anti-virus firms' software into flagging more false positives

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

August 15, 2015

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Two anonymous former Kaspersky Lab employees told Reuters in an exclusive report that the Russian security company had pursued a market advantage by tricking competing anti-virus companies' products into flagging benign files as malware, disabling or deleting customers' important documents.

Among the targets, according to the sources, were Microsoft, AVG Technologies, and Avast Software, and the peak of the activity took place between 2009 and 2013.

In a statement to Reuters, Kaspersky Lab said: "Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing. Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable."

See the full story at Reuters.

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