In the most recent episode of the adventure of Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the U.S. government, the organization has another date to meet with Congress. Rescheduling a hearing initially set for a week ago, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has set Oct. 25 as the new date for Kaspersky to respond to allegations that the Kremlin could utilize its products to direct undercover activities.
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology declared the Oct. 25 hearing a day after reports that Russian government-sponsored programmers stole confidential U.S. digital secrets in 2015 from a National Security Agency contractor who had Kaspersky software on his laptop.
Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky revealed to Reuters a month ago that the board of trustees had welcomed him to appear at a Sept. 27 hearing and that he would attend if he was granted an expedited visa to enter the United States. That hearing was later called off; however, the board of trustees held a classified session on Kaspersky software on Sept. 26.
Kaspersky said in a statement on Friday that he hoped to attend the hearing. “I look forward to participating in the hearing once it’s rescheduled and having the opportunity to address the committee’s concerns directly,” he said. In a statement responding to a Wall Street Journal story on Thursday, Kaspersky said, “As a private company, Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russia, and the only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight.”
An appearance before Congress would mark Kaspersky’s most prominent endeavor to dissipate long-standing allegations. The enquiry concerning the 2015 NSA hack is centered on a person who worked at the organization’s Tailored Access Operations unit, a unit that utilizes PC hacking to assemble information, as indicated by two individuals familiar with the ordered probe.