The IT security industry is moving dangerously close to a balkanization along national borders that might wind up serving the best of interests of cybercriminals. As the amount of cyber-espionage that occurs becomes more apparent to political leaders, there’s a tendency to cast aspersions any time there is a major breach.
For example, many members of the intelligence community in the U.S. have decided that security software from Kaspersky Lab has been compromised because under Russian Law the company that has its headquarters in Moscow is obligated to share source code with various Russian agencies. A security breach involving a contractor working for the National Security Agency is being attributed to a hack of the Kaspersky code base by persons unknown. Despite those concerns, however, Kaspersky Lab revealed this week it has signed a cyberthreat research agreement with INTERPOL, the international police agency that among other things helps track down cybercriminals operating across borders.