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 CYBERCRIMINALS. Based upon today’s decision from the EU Parliament, we are forced to freeze our cooperation with orgs including @Europol & #NoMoreRansom pic.twitter.com/7dSGn9Bycw— Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) June 13, 2018
"We have protected the EU for 20 years working with law enforcement leading to multiple arrests of cyber criminals," he said.
If Kaspersky software is “confirmed as malicious” (EU Parliament) I would hope there would be some public evidence presented. I’m not endorsing or detracting but only suggesting that if something is such a critical threat that it is in the public’s best interest to know why.— Robert M. Lee (@RobertMLee) 14 June 2018
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 EU parliamentary wording re Kaspersky, which has been voted through, is crossing another bad rubicon in cyber security regarding collaboration and - frankly - law and evidence. Kaspersky aren’t facing a trial, they’re facing an execution. https://t.co/xoXYk5709n— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) 13 June 2018
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.
There are no friendly nations when it comes to foreign intelligence. This same logic would put my own firm in question; we have plenty of ex-NSA folks. Are we not allowed to serve our communities? The global community?— Robert M. Lee (@RobertMLee) 14 June 2018