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European Parliament recommends ban on Kaspersky software

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The problems facing Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab have increased, with the European Parliament passing a motion on cyber security wherein it referred to Kaspersky Lab's software as having been confirmed to be malicious. It did not provide any source for this claim.

The motion is a general guideline to strategy within the bloc and has no power to force legislation.

In response, the company's founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said co-operation with Europol, the EU's police organisation, and the No More Ransom project, which seeks to help individuals and organisations that have suffered ransomware attacks, would end.

"We have protected the EU for 20 years working with law enforcement leading to multiple arrests of cyber criminals," he said.

"Based upon today’s decision from the EU Parliament, we are forced to freeze our co-operation with orgs including @Europol & #NoMoreRansom."

The motion was aimed at setting up the framework for cyber defence strategy across the 28-nation European Union. Some of the clauses deal with state-private sector partnerships.

Clause 76 of the motion said it, "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 programs and devices, and to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab."

The US has taken action against Kaspersky Lab, banning the company from supplying software to the public sector. Its products were taken off the shelves by retailers Best Buy and Office Depot. Twitter has imposed an advertising ban on the company.

The UK has advised against use of Kaspersky software in government agencies and the Netherlands has also moved to stop the use of its software in government.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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