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Russian Tech Firms To Appear At International Trade Fairs | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack | #hacking | #aihp



Kaspersky

Products: Cybersecurity Software
Events:

  • MWC Barcelona (Spain)
    • Government Attendees: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona; UK Department for International Trade; UK Commonwealth & Development Office; European Commission; UNDP
  • GITEX Global x AI (UAE)
    • Government Attendees: UK Department for International Trade; Invest Northern Ireland; Republic of Serbia; Regione Campania (Italian regional agency)

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has recently come under renewed scrutiny following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In March, the Federal Communications Commission placed the firm on its list of companies considered a threat to national security.[3] In response Kaspersky wrote: “This decision is not based on any technical assessment of Kaspersky products – that the company continuously advocates for – but instead is being made on political grounds.” [4]

Earlier that month, however, we can reveal the FCC’s Jessica Rosenworcel was the keynote speaker at Mobile World Capital’s event in Barcelona. Kaspersky was a gold sponsor of the event. The UK’s Department for International Trade and the Government of Catalonia were also present at the event, alongside Huawei, China Unicorn, and Amazon Web Services.

Later in the year, GITEX Global x AI in Dubai will host Kaspersky. Russian government institutions will also be represented at the event, including St Petersburg’s Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovations and Trade, as well as Moscow’s Export Center which works to promote Moscow’s manufacturers globally.

The UK’s Department for International Trade and various European government agencies are also scheduled to appear at the event.

NTechLab

Products: Facial Recognition
Event:

  • GITEX Global x AI (UAE)
    • Government Attendees: UK Department for International Trade; Invest Northern Ireland; Republic of Serbia; Regione Campania (Italian regional agency)

NTechLabs is one of Russia’s most well-known facial recognition companies. It gained notoriety for its FindFace software which was capable of identifying individuals by scanning images from Russian social media network, VK.

Since then, the company has rolled out facial recognition systems in India, Russia and Bangladesh.[5][6][7]

Despite potentially having access to swathes of sensitive data and dramatically undermining the privacy of Russian citizens, the company is set to exhibit at an event alongside UK and European officials in Dubai.

Oxygen Forensics

Products: Digital Forensics
Events:

  • Crimes Against Children Conference (U.S.)
    • Government Attendees: Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, Multiple Police departments, United States Marshall Service, Tallahassee Police Department, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
  • General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (Germany)
    • Government Attendees: Police Inspectorate Central Services Saxony-Anhalt; Hessian Police Headquarters for Technology; Police administration office in Saxony; State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine, Central Police Headquarters Lower Saxony
  • Home Office Security & Policing Event (UK)
    • Government Attendees: UK Home Office, UK Department for International Trade, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, Security Industry Authority, UK Defense and Security Exports
  • HTCIA International Conference & Expo (U.S. / Virtual)
    • Government Attendees: U.S. Department of Justice Cybercrime Lab
  • Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference (U.S.)
    • Government Attendees: U.S. Airforce, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, South Carolina Cyber Fraud Task Force, Quebec Provincial Police

Oxygen Forensics creates tools that can locate, identify and acquire data from a device. Its flagship product, Oxygen Forensic Detective, is advertised as a “all-in-one forensic software platform built to extract, decode, and analyze data from multiple digital sources.” [8]

According to its website, the company has a wide range of customers, including the U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, IRS and Department of Defense. In Europe, its customers include London Metropolitan Police, the French National Police, the Spanish Civil Guard, and the German Federal Criminal Police Office. [9]

The company is registered in Virginia but its founders and directors, Oleg Fedorov and Oleg Davydov, are both Russian.[10] In a 2017 Forbes article, it was revealed the two still resided in Moscow, though we’re unable to confirm if this is still the case. [11]

In 2001, Fedorov founded CJSC Oxygen Software which, in 2015, was renamed Oxygen Software LLC. Both companies were registered in Moscow.[12][13]

In 2011, Wikileaks released a promotional brochure made by the company that outlined the technology’s capabilities. On the final page, the brochure references both Oxygen Software and Oxygen Forensics, which suggests a close link between the two companies.[14] Although Oleg Fedorov does not appear on the website of Oxygen Forensics, his LinkedIn profile reveals he is still the director of the U.S.-registered firm.[15]

The U.S. company, Oxygen Forensics, is set to appear at 5 trade fairs this year and will exhibit its products alongside the likes of the UK Home Office, the FBI, and multiple German federal departments.

Screenshot of the features offered by Oxygen Forensic’s Detective software.

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