Kaspersky Lab (Russian: Laboratoriya Kasperskogo) is a Russian company working with computer security, which was founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky. The company develops and sells anti-virus and anti-spyware as well as spam filters and other products for computer protection against harmful ingress of unwanted applications.
Kaspersky is among the absolute leaders in the industry, and their anti-virus software was selected Product of the year in 2011 OCH 2013 by the recognised independent AV-Comparatives, that tests and compares various anti-virus software. They were also selected Product of the year in 2013 by the computer magazine PC World. Furthermore, Kaspersky is a Microsoft Gold Partner in security solutions for Windows.
Kaspersky has a large group of researchers searching and analysing malware and viruses. Researchers from Kaspersky Lab discovered the known virus Flame in 2012, and they were later able to prove that it had links to the notorious Stuxnet, which is the world’s most advanced malware, targeting the Middle East and especially Iran, including the country’s nuclear facilities.
Besides the already-known threats that are registered in the Kaspersky database, their software also downloads information from the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which means that all devices with Kaspersky software installed, are automatically cooperating with each other. If a user e.g. visits a website and a new threat is discovered, then all other users will automatically be alerted not to use the website should they subsequent try to do so. Kaspersky has over 300 million users worldwide and employs more than 2800 employees in Russia, the US, Europe and Asia.