Russian infosec firm Positive Technologies trying to stay positive after US sanctions

Russian infosec firm Positive Technologies trying to stay positive after US sanctions

Positive Technologies has hit back at the US government's "groundless accusations" that it helped the Russian state carry out cyber attacks against the West – by highlighting how "government agencies of different countries" use its products.


Yesterday the US Treasury declared that Positive was selling weaponised infosec tech to the Russian government and ran recruiting events for state hacking agencies, which some Western news outlets have interpreted as meaning the company's flagship Positive Hack Days events.

Rejecting all this in a lengthy statement posted to its website this afternoon, Positive said: "Our global mission is to create products and technologies to improve cybersecurity around the world and to ensure conditions for the most efficient prevention of cyberattacks for the benefit of society, business, and government agencies."


It also highlighted how "the government agencies of different countries" use its infosec products, a statement that might not be as reassuring as the company hopes if the US denunciation of it is taken at face value.

Positive specialises in mobile network security – a sensitive area likely to be of great interest to any government, let alone one keen on using newly discovered exploits as weapons. Russian digital aggression over the years is well known, while Western reactions to non-Western companies operating on their turf was brought into sharp focus with the anti-Huawei drive over the past few years.


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