Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

“Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing,” a Kaspersky rep told Reuters. “Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable.” However, the company’s actions back in 2010 would suggest that Kaspersky isn’t completely above such acts. In 2010, to protest what it saw as rival companies lifting its valuable virus databases wholesale from third party aggregators like Google’s VirusTotal, Kaspersky flagged 10 innocuous files as malicious. Within 10 days, more than a dozen rival security programs were quarantining those same files, sight unseen.

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