Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus firm, has reiterated his offer to give the US government access to his source code.
The company is moving to try and head off budget legislation which, as we wrote last week, would shut Kaspersky out of American military contracts.
The US Senate committee that’s proposed the ban cites concerns about the company’s alleged links to the Russian government.
Visiting Australia in May for the CeBIT conference, Kaspersky said he was willing to let the US look through his company’s products’ source code, and in an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend reiterated the offer.
Speaking at his Moscow HQ, Kaspersky said: “If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code,” adding that he’s prepared to testify to US lawmakers if needed.
He also claimed that unnamed government agencies – not necessarily Russian – had tried to gauge his interest in moving from defensive research to offensive, but he said: “I don’t even want to talk about it.”