Antivirus developer Kaspersky Labs has come into the center of a controversy. According to a Reuters report, two former employees of Kaspersky have alleged that the company has been using faking malware tricks to downgrade competing antivirus companies. The employees said that they have inserted false codes into important PC files to make them look positive. This would result in quarantine or deletion of these files by other anti-virus software.
The whistleblowers have said that Kaspersky testing labs would take essential files from a person’s PC and change their look to have them resemble malware. Once this process was done, they would submit it anonymously to the malware aggregator of Google as third parties look into these aggregators and keep their software updated. These files were so similar to actual malware that Kaspersky succeeded in tricking rival companies into believing important were malware and treating important files.
The former employees have also said that some attacks were even initiated by Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Labs.
What Kaspersky had to say?
In a reply to Reuters, Kaspersky Labs has completely denied these allegations. They have called such actions dishonest and non ethical. The company added that they do not follow such business practices. Kaspersky also stated that they are working legally, unlike various other antivirus firms.
Executives from Microsoft, AVG and Avast were the ones who filed a complaint against Kaspersky for producing false positives.