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Kaspersky CEO says he would leave if Russia asked him to spy

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Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has never been asked by Russian intelligence services to spy on targets in the West and the company's founder and the chief executive Eugene Kaspersky said he would move his company out of the country if he ever faced such a demand.

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Fears about Kaspersky's ties to Russian intelligence, and the capacity of its anti-virus software to sniff out and remove files, prompted an escalating series of warnings and actions from U.S. authorities over the past year.

They culminated in the Department of Homeland Security this year barring government agencies from using Kaspersky products.

Kaspersky, who once served as an engineer for Soviet military intelligence before founding his company in the years following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, said he would move the company outside of Russia if he faced such a demand to spy.

"If the Russian government comes to me and asks me to anything wrong, or my employees, I will move the business out of Russia," Kaspersky said.

Kaspersky said the company was under attack by the U.S. media and the U.S. government.

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