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Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russia

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by US authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said today it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to

The transfer "includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as assembly, including threat detection updates," said Kaspersky, whose protects some 400 million computers worldwide.

"To ensure full transparency and integrity, is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland," it added.

The move follows controversy in the last year when the removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, weeks after senior US intelligence agency and law enforcement officials expressed concerns about the safety of its software.

workers were ordered to stop using software.

Kaspersky denied that its products had "backdoors" which would allow agencies to spy on computers using its software, and said it would take measures to reassure customers about the safety of its products.

By the end of this year, the production of its will be shifted to and a data centre will be built there next year where information on most non-Russian customers will be stored.

Development and data storage for the Russian market will remain in Russia, a Kaspersky told AFP.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:30 IST