government NL was careless when Kaspersky antivirus was banned




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The Dutch government would have been unhappy with Kaspersky’s anti-virus software, according to research commissioned by Kaspersky. The researcher who has been engaged by the company therefore calls for the ban to be reconsidered.

The Dutch government has selectively argued why civil servants are not allowed to use Kaspersky’s anti-virus software, the research firm De Winter Information Solutions claims in the reconstruction of the ban on behalf of Kaspersky. For example, the government argued that Kaspersky is a Russian company, but it is in fact a British company with headquarters in Russia. In addition, Russian legislation requires compulsory cooperation with intelligence services for many more companies doing business in the country, according to De Winter.

Among other things, the government has given little technical information about the operation of the antivirus software and how it can affect systems. The government would also not have taken information from the EU and Switzerland into account with the decision. The government announced in May that Kaspersky’s anti-virus software was banned for civil servants. The government relied on information from intelligence services, which showed that espionage and sabotage via antivirus software is possible. The US issued a similar ban more than a year ago.

The step has influenced the relationship between Kaspersky and the Dutch government, according to De Winter. “The disturbed relationship of trust makes it difficult for Kaspersky Lab to warn the Netherlands.” Stopping cooperation between the government and Kaspersky Lab means that victims of hostage viruses are less likely to get back their data. ”

The reconstruction and analysis came about thanks to documents that De Winter obtained through wob requests. The research is by Brenno de Winter, who became known years ago as an independent IT journalist who published on and Webwereld. In this case it is not about independent research for a journalistic medium, but about an analysis commissioned by Kaspersky. Earlier this week , the company said it might file a lawsuit against the Dutch state because of the ban. In a video , Kaspersky asks for a response from the government to the investigation report.


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