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Old 04-21-2011, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Several news services are reporting that the son of Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Labs, has been kidnapped for ransom in Russia.

The reports, including one from BBC News, are based on unconfirmed stories reported in Russian newspapers about the alleged kidnapping.

According to the reports, Ivan Kaspersky, 20, was on his way to work when he was snatched by the kidnappers.

Russian secret service and other law enforcement officials have been searching for him for at least two days, the BBC reported quoting Interfax news agency. The kidnappers have allegedly demanded the equivalent of nearly $4.3 million for his return.

A spokesman for Kaspersky's U.S. operations today said the company has no information to share on the matter for the moment.

Kaspersky Labs claims more than 300 million customers of its products -- mostly consumers -- worldwide. Last week, market research firm Gartner listed Kapersky as the third-largest consumer security software vendor in the world, with annual revenues growing at 42% over the past year. The company is ranked fifth worldwide in terms of software revenues from sales of enterprise security software, according to Gartner.
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Report: Kaspersky Son's Kidnappers Seek $4.3 Million Ransom

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Reading like a clichéd script from a technological thriller, the son of a high profile software security firm has reportedly been kidnapped. Ivan Kaspersky, the 20-year-old offspring of security Yevgeny Kaspersky, was walking through a factory area in Moscow's northwest on the way home from work earlier this week when he was taken. Those responsible for the kidnapping are demanding a ransom of 3 million euros (about $4.3 million), according to The Moscow Times.

Yevgeny Kaspersky co-founded Kaspersky Labs, a well known security vendor whose antivirus products have performed well in our evaluations. Son Ivan Kaspersky works at the Moscow-based software firm InfoWatch, which is owned by his mother and Kaspersky Lab co-founder Natalya. Ivan also attends Moscow State University.

Citing LifeNews.ru, The Moscow Times says the criminals may have obtained information on Ivan's residence from his profile on social networking site Vkontakte.ru, in which Ivan left his full address of the apartment he had been living in for over a decade. Ivan moved to a new apartment a month before the kidnapping, and it's unclear whether or not he provided the new address.

According to Forbes Russia, Yevgeny Kaspersky is worth about $800 million.

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