Security company Kaspersky has said that its latest range of products have been designed to detect all known malware, including spying software created by the National Security Agency (NSA) to target threats.
Officials from the Moscow-based antivirus providers released an official statement on Wednesday, writing that “there is no such thing as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ malware for us.” Kaspersky’s products are made to detect and remove any malware attack, even if government entities such as the NSA are responsible. In the past, researchers working with Kaspersky have helped to uncover espionage malware programs Flame and Gauss, which affected thousands of computers around the Middle East.
The statement comes after multiple revelations of malware-based surveillance from around the world. In an open letter two weeks ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation urged companies such as Kaspersky to protect their users against the growing threat posed by government malware. In recent months, the NSA has used malware and other resources to monitor communications, track iPhones and identify anonymous internet users.
“It’s imperative that these surveillance tools do not fall into the wrong hands, and that’s why the IT security industry can make no exceptions when it comes to detecting malware.”