Banned Security Firm Kaspersky Set To Store OZ Data In Switzerland
Cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab who has been banned in the USA, has said that data secured in Australia will be stored in Switzerland instead of Russia.
What they have not said is whether the Swiss based servers will be connected with their Russian servers.
The move has been made after the US government and others accused Kaspersky who has 400 million users of spying on customers at the Russian state’s demand. The US Government is believed to have urged the Australian Government to not use Kaspersky technology.
The company said it had chosen Switzerland for its “policy of neutrality” and data protection laws.
Kaspersky makes anti-virus software with an estimated 400 million users.
Last year, the US Department of Homeland Security ordered government departments to stop using Kaspersky products, fearing federal data could be compromised.
A similar warning was issued in Britain.
On Monday, the Dutch government said it was phasing out using Kaspersky anti-virus software, citing the risk of “digital espionage and sabotage”.
“Russia has an active offensive cyber programme focusing on the Netherlands and vital Dutch interests,” the country’s Justice and Security ministry warned.
Intelligence officials are concerned that Moscow is trying to hack Dutch companies and manipulate elections there.
Why the move to Switzerland?
The BBC reported that Kaspersky believes shifting servers to Zurich will help ease concerns over laws that let Russian security services monitor data transmissions inside the country, according to company documents seen by Reuters.
In a statement, the tech firm insisted it “has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber espionage or offensive cyber efforts”.
Kaspersky Lab’s CEO and founder, Eugene Kaspersky, told Reuters that its data storage and processing facilities, and software assembly, would be moved to the new Swiss hub.
“The data of our customers from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia will henceforth be stored and processed in Switzerland,” he