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Kaspersky Lab Banned From Advertising on Twitter Because of Its Alleged Ties With Russian Intelligence Agencies (cyberscoop.com) 45

An anonymous reader shares a report: Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has been banned from advertising on Twitter due to its allegedly close and active ties between the company and Russian intelligence agencies, according to the social network. The ban is the latest blow in an ongoing saga for Kaspersky, which includes two ongoing legal battles with the U.S. government. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, took to Twitter on Friday to condemn the ban. A Twitter spokesperson reiterated that the "decision is based on our determination that Kaspersky Lab operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices."
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Kaspersky Lab Banned From Advertising on Twitter Because of Its Alleged Ties With Russian Intelligence Agencies

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  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @02:02PM (#56472575)
    >> Kaspersky Lab operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices

    What, they're profitable? (ducks)
    • Fear of Kaspersky Lab's alleged ties to Russian Intelligence has raised the FUD* in me. If this is fake news, kudos to whoever for making malware that this antivirus company can't protect itself from.

      *FUD - Fear, Uncertainity and Doubt.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 20, 2018 @02:06PM (#56472615)

    If you're a Russian company, located in Russia, it would be almost impossible to believe you're not complicit with the Russian government.

    Likewise, if you're an American company, located in the US, it would also be impossible to believe you're not complicit with the American government.

    Because both governments have shown they're more than willing to engage/force tech companies to play ball.

    Kaspersky may well be completely above board, but it's impossible to verify that.

  • by Unknown User ( 4795349 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @02:10PM (#56472653)
    Probably they have ties with Russian intelligence agencies, but they also seem to have pissed off American intelligence agencies by detecting their spyware or not "collaborating" with them...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      they also seem to have pissed off American intelligence agencies by detecting their spyware or not "collaborating" with them...

      Bingo! And that is precisely why I use Kaspersky software. They simply must be better for me if they have western officials in such a lather.

      Makes me wonder what's really happening with Symantec, McAfee, Trend, etc.

  • by RandomFactor ( 22447 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @02:15PM (#56472687)

    As if millions of voices on social media censored without obvious cause or recourse cried out in sympathy and were suddenly silenced.

    "Kaspersky Lab considers this action â" an advertising ban without any valid reasoning or evidence of misconductâ" as being contradictory to Twitterâ(TM)s principles for freedom of expression. Therefore, the company is calling on Twitter to provide a more specific and detailed explanation of its decision,â

  • by i_ate_god ( 899684 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @02:26PM (#56472777)

    I've seen a lot of controversy surrounding this company, but I have yet to see anything conclusive that says they relaying information back to Russian authorities.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      The ability to see nation created malware and report on it in near real time.
      That needs a lot of users in the USA, Canada, the UK, Russia, Japan, the EU as way of detecting regional differences in real time.
      What the US, UK gov will use globally as malware but trust in their own nations would stand out.
      The regional collect it all efforts.
      What gov bailed malware, network patterns is not out in the wild in the USA, 5 eye nations then becomes what stands out globally.
      Understanding the internet, the moveme
  • to users everywhere outside of the US. Because the only plausible reason why Kaspersky is so massively attacked by the US is that it competes with the NSA trojans sold by US companies. Given the historically experienced economic impact of US espionage across the globe, I will probably prefer to be spyed upon by Russia or China.
  • Slashdot will go Nucking fiuts over this. Tequila shots with ya popcorn anyone?
  • Why would anybody waste their time on that censored piece of crap Twitter?

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