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Son of Kaspersky Lab head reportedly kidnapped

updated 11:00 am EDT, Fri April 22, 2011

Ivan Kaspersky held for 3m euro ransom: reports

The son of Yvegny Kaspersky, the CEO of a global data security company Kaspersky Lab, has been kidnapped, according to reports. Ivan Kaspersky was said by a daily Russian newspaper to have been taken in Moscow on Thursday afternoon. Little other official information exists about the 20-year-old's fate.

Another Russian news site, Lifenews, alleged the young Kaspersky was taken on Wednesday morning while going to his job at InfoWatch. He was reportedly tracked based on the addresses he posted on a social network. The unnamed group was allegedly demanding a three million euro ransom.

Kaspersky is one of the more successful antivirus software makers and one of the few significant independents beyond majors like Symantec and Intel-owned McAfee. His success may have made him a target in relatively crime-prone Moscow.

by MacNN Staff



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