Kaspersky's son released, reports say

Son of security firm's founder was reportedly abducted for ransom this week

The allegedly kidnapped son of Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs has been freed by his captors in Russia, according to unconfirmed news media reports.

The stories, including this one on < a target="new" href="http://www.betanews.com/article/Kidnapped-son-of-Kaspersky-founders-freed-say-reports/1303491820">betanews are based on a report by Lifenews, a Russian language newspaper that was also the first to report on 20-year-old Ivan Kaspersky's alleged kidnapping earlier this week.

The company has neither confirmed nor denied the reports about the alleged kidnapping and release Kaspersky's son. When asked about the media reports coming out of Russia, a spokesman for the company's U.S. operations Thursday said the firm had no information to share on the incident.

Today, a brief statement released by Kaspersky Labs in Russia "respectfully" asked the news media to stop speculating about the "alleged events related to the Kaspersky family."

"Eugene Kaspersky continues his day-to-day work at the company, and has stated that the unconfirmed information being spread at the moment is harmful for the company," the statement said.

According to Lifenews, which quoted unnamed sources, Kaspersky's son was abducted on his way to work by kidnappers who then demanded a ransom equivalent to over $4 million. The newspaper today claimed that a ransom had been paid to secure his release. None of this information could be independently verified by Computerworld.

Kaspersky Labs, claims more than 300 million customers of its antivirus software -- mostly consumers -- worldwide.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com .

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