I work for Kaspersky Lab, actually. That press release he was reading was written 20 feet from my desk. His analysis was the same as I’ve been saying for months. This whole thing is a combination of fear-mongering over Russia and a NSA employee making poor decisions. I’ve seen nothing that indicates any shady dealings in any of the departments that I interact with globally literally ever.
Russia only accounts for about 20% of the company’s business model, and much of our virus research is done in Seattle, WA, not in Moscow. So it makes no sense from a business perspective to alienate the majority of our customer base. We have had FBI members come to interview people in our Boston area office, and nothing definitive ever came of it. Our CEO is a literal billionaire, and so it’s more likely that he’d be able to lobby the Russian government to do the things he wants than the other way around. He’s also volunteered to appear in front of Congress to discuss the allegations and attempt to clear up any misunderstanding, because he has yet to be presented with any concrete evidence of any wrongdoing, but Congress won’t take him up on his offer. All of this is publicly available info that no one in the media is focusing on.
If anyone really wants, I can even provide the direct email of some people in the company who can answer your questions directly and speak to this more clearly than I could.