The Russian cybersecurity firm and the international law enforcement organization originally entered into a formal relationship in 2014. This renewed commitment between the two bodies comes at a time when Kaspersky is trying to rehabilitate its reputation after the U.S. banned the federal government's use of the company's security products last September, reportedly after Israeli agents discovered Russian hackers using Kaspersky anti-virus software to search computers worldwide for information on American intelligence programs.
“Sharing intelligence is vital in tackling today's ever-growing threat landscape and we are proud to enhance our cooperation with Interpol in its fight against cybercrime,” said Anton Shingarev, vice president of public affairs at Kaspersky Lab, in a company press release, distributed via email. "By further strengthening our relationship with Interpol we hope to support law enforcement in new ways by exchanging critical information on specific cybercrime situations in respective countries."
“Interpol's new agreement with Kaspersky Lab is an additional step in our continued efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat cyberthreats,” said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of Interpol's Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, in the same press release. “We have seen how cooperation with the private sector is essential in effectively tackling this global phenomenon which continues to grow in scale and complexity.”
One recent collaboration between Interpol, Kaspersky, and other cybersecurity firms resulted in a 2017 Southeast Asian operation that identified approximately 8,800 command-and-control servers in eight countries and nearly 270 compromised websites, including government portals, that may have contained personal data on citizens.
Interpol also published its own press release regarding the announcement.