Russian cybersecurity magnate Kaspersky slams Congress

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Cybersecurity magnate Eugene Kaspersky chided Congress in a blog post on Monday over his abruptly postponed testimony in front of the House Science Committee, which had originally been scheduled for last week. 

Kaspersky’s testimony had been planned to address the recent federal ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab’s security products over concerns that the Moscow-based company might be a tool of the Russian intelligence service — a charge the company denies. 

“As I write this I should be in Florence or Rome (more conferences, meetings and other work), but then, quite unexpectedly, I was invited to testify before Congress. Crikey! So I had to cancel everything and fly back home earlier than planned to prepare for this important event. But I needn’t have! Before you could say ‘make your mind up already’, it was postponed — with no rescheduled date given,” he wrote. 

{mosads}The post, placed on Kaspersky’s personal blog, focuses mainly on his international travel over the past week, including presentations on two continents.

The testimony was delayed due to scheduling conflicts, reported a committee aide.

“Well, well. What an anti-climax,” he wrote.

“So there I sat back in my office, when really I should be somewhere else. Grrr. Oh well, at least the weather had finally turned summery — in September! But the weather too turned out to be as changeable as Congress — it’s already back down to single figures degrees centigrade all day and night.”

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