Kaspersky Lab has announced a transparency initiative, opening their source code up to independent review. The announcement comes after reports form the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, stating that Russian hackers used Kaspersky’s product to steal sensitive materials from an NSA contractor’s computer. Kaspersky denied any cooperation with the Russian government at the time those stories were printed, and continues to do so.
In a press release, Kaspersky says the transparency initiative will involve submitting the source code of its software – including updates and detection rules – for independent review. The aim is to give those with relevant interest a chance to validate and verify the code’s trustworthiness, as well as the trustworthiness of the company’s internal processes and business operations.