The European Commission confirmed that has no evidence of issues associated with using products designed by Kaspersky Lab.
In June 2018, European Parliament passed a resolution that classified the security firm’s software as “malicious” due to the alleged link of the company with the Russian intelligence.
The call for a ban on Kaspersky’s software among the members of the European Union was part of a report on cyber defense written by Estonian MEP Urmas Paet of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used in the institutions in order to exclude potentially dangerous programmes and devices, and to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab.” stated the report.
The European eurocrats adopted the A8-0189/2018 motion that could ban the products of the security giant from European Union institutions.
Kaspersky was accused of working for the Russian intelligence, many EU states including the U.K., the Netherlands and Lithuania banned its products.
In response to a March 2019 inquiry from Gerolf Annemans, European Parliament member from Belgium, the European Commission confirmed that it is not aware of problems with the products of Kaspersky Lab.
Citing the experience of Germany, France, and Belgium, that never found any issues with the use of Kaspersky Lab solutions, Annemans asked further clarifications to the European Commission.
Annemans asked it the European Commission knows “any reason other than certain press articles that justifies the labelling of Kaspersky as ‘dangerous’ or ‘malicious’.”
He asked for technical proof of problems and “any reports or opinions of cyber experts or consultancies about Kaspersky Lab.”
“The Commission is not in possession of any evidence regarding potential issues related to the use of Kaspersky Lab products.” reads the response of the Commission. “The Commission is following closely debates and developments concerning the security of IT products and devices in general, including discussions about potential measures related to access to the EU market.”
“Regarding reports or opinions published concerning the issue raised by the Honourable Member, the Commission did not commission any reports,”
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.