Son of antivirus maker Kaspersky reportedly kidnapped, released safely

By on April 22, 2011, 6:20 PM
The son of Yevgeny Kaspersky was kidnapped in Moscow on April 19, 2011 while on his way to work at the company InfoWatch, owned by Kaspersky's ex-wife Natalya. Secret service and regular police searched for 20-year-old Ivan Kaspersky but could not locate him. On April 22, 2011 he was released by his abductors, according to the Russian website Life News.

As soon as Yevgeny learned that his son was in the hands of kidnappers, he immediately flew from London to Moscow. The Russian father reportedly has multiple well-connected friends since he finished high school with many who worked for the KGB. The kidnappers apparently demanded 3 million ($4.36 million) for Ivan's safe return. Yevgeny's personal fortune is estimated at $800 million, and while it's not clear how much of the ransom he paid, he supposedly gave in and some sum of money exchanged for Ivan.

Yevgeny co-founded the Kaspersky Lab, a privately held international company that produces antivirus and other computer security products, in 1997. Excluding the energy sector, Kaspersky Lab is considered one of Russia's few international business success stories. The company makes excellent security software and I have personally recommended some of its products a few times. Kaspersky Lab was told, likely by Yevgeny himself, not to comment on the story of the abduction.

This is a sad story that thankfully concluded with a happy ending. Whether the kidnappers were paid or not, we here at TechSpot are happy that Ivan has been returned safely to his family.




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Lurker101 said:

As a safety measure, they should scan him for trojans and then quarantine him

TeamworkGuy2 said:

LOL, good one

I'm glad, this story ended happly, unlike most kidnappings

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Lurker101 said:

As a safety measure, they should scan him for trojans and then quarantine him

You, good sir, just won.

venomblade said:

rofl'd @ Lurker101

ramonsterns said:

Lurker101 said:

As a safety measure, they should scan him for trojans and then quarantine him

He'll just come up as a false positive.

Guest said:

No in mother Russia jokes? Pretty bad that if you do finally succeed people try to extort you.

Lurker101 said:

Guest said:

No in mother russia jokes?

No, we have standards here. Granted, they're not exactly high, but they do exist.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

His dad looks a bit like Jeff Bridges.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

His dad looks a bit like Jeff Bridges.
I smell a movie in this somewhere.

Guest said:

What a boring-*** movie that would be.

AnonymousSurfer AnonymousSurfer said:

Lurker101 said:

As a safety measure, they should scan him for trojans and then quarantine him

Haha beautiful...

On topic now, is it just me or does this "20 year old kid" look like he's 15?

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

yeah for sure, i saw that he's 20 but looks 15, only reason why I decided to post on this article.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

gwailo247 said:

His dad looks a bit like Jeff Bridges.

I was thinking he looked more like Beau Bridges than Jeff.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Why would the movie be boring? Rade Serbedzija would play the evil mastermind. Olga Kurylenko the hot female hostage negotiator, and Karl Urban as the FSB agent who may or may not have had a hand in the kidnapping. Climax is a fistfight in a helicopter above the Kremlin, and the villain gets impaled on the star on top of the Spasskaya Tower.

lchu12 lchu12 said:

gwailo247 said:

Why would the movie be boring? Rade Serbedzija would play the evil mastermind. Olga Kurylenko the hot female hostage negotiator, and Karl Urban as the FSB agent who may or may not have had a hand in the kidnapping. Climax is a fistfight in a helicopter above the Kremlin, and the villain gets impaled on the star on top of the Spasskaya Tower.

Great, thanks for spoiling the movie for me. lolz

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

gwailo247 said:

Rade Serbedzija would play the evil mastermind. Olga Kurylenko the hot female hostage negotiator, and Karl Urban as the FSB agent who may or may not have had a hand in the kidnapping. Climax is a fistfight in a helicopter above the Kremlin, and the villain gets impaled on the star on top of the Spasskaya Tower.

You should totally use that talent of yours, It would at the very least be a neat Bollywood movie! Not sure were to stick the dancing-scene though...

Guest said:

he probably didn't have his ant kidnap-ware updated in a timely fashion

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Olga Kurylenko, Topless Dancer-slash- Hostage Negotiator.....

You should totally use that talent of yours, It would at the very least be a neat Bollywood movie! Not sure were to stick the dancing-scene though...
Oh, that's easy, in a "gentlemen's" club controlled by the Russian Mob. (Who were, after all, responsible for the kidnapping in the first place).

Why would the movie be boring? Rade Serbedzija would play the evil mastermind. Olga Kurylenko the hot female hostage negotiator, and Karl Urban as the FSB agent who may or may not have had a hand in the kidnapping. Climax is a fistfight in a helicopter above the Kremlin, and the villain gets impaled on the star on top of the Spasskaya Tower.

I never knew the Kremlin had a "Spasstic" tower..... (Yes, I know I've embarrassed myself with a pun that bad. But still, I feel it needed to be said).

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Quote: Originally Posted by gwailo247

His dad looks a bit like Jeff Bridges.

Captaincranky:

I smell a movie in this somewhere.

'The Big Kaspersky' ?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"The Kapersky Kaper"......... No?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

"The Kapersky Kaper"......... No?

how about...

'The unbearable lightness of Anti-Virus'?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

how about...

'The unbearable lightness of Anti-Virus'?

When did this become an LSD movie starring "Madonna"?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

When did this become an LSD movie starring "Madonna"?

No, no,

I was referring to this:

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....oh wait...I just got it! :p

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Quote: Originally Posted by gwailo247

Captaincranky:

'The Big Kaspersky' ?

I told that russki a thousand times that I don't roll on Shabbos!

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Lokalaskurar said:

It would at the very least be a neat Bollywood movie! Not sure were to stick the dancing-scene though...

40,000 people dancing to Thriller in Red Square being led by Zombie Lenin?

(Vladimir Illyich, lest there be some confusion)

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

40,000 people dancing to Thriller in Red Square being led by Zombie Lenin?

(Vladimir Illyich, lest there be some confusion)

Oh sweet! I love watching the same scene 3 times in 3 different languages!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Oh sweet! I love watching the same scene 3 times in 3 different languages!
If you'd be willing to settle for watching the same scenes twice in the same movie, but from a different person's perspective, let me suggest "Millenium" Starring Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd.

Besides it's Sci-Fi and not altogether bad: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097883/

It's just that it's only really half a movie, shown twice.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If you'd be willing to settle for watching the same scenes twice in the same movie, but from a different person's perspective, let me suggest "Millenium" Starring Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd.

Besides it's Sci-Fi and not altogether bad: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097883/

It's just that it's only really half a movie, shown twice.

Haha, I'll check it out capt.

I've always liked old Cheryl. Sweet looking old bird.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Haha, I'll check it out capt.

I've always liked old Cheryl. Sweet looking old bird.

OOOLLLDDD! you punk!:p

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I've always liked old Cheryl. Sweet looking old bird.
Well, the movie is 21 years old. As Ray Davies pointed out, "celluloid heroes never really die". So it follows that they never age either. However, Ms Ladd was born in 1951, which would make her 38 at the time the movie was produced. Not really, "an old bird", just perhaps a bit more grateful for any sexual tension she might still be able to create.

If 38 is still a bit too geriatric for your taste, try reruns of the "Charlie's Angels" TV series. Perhaps there's an episode dealing with kidnapping, which would be serendipitous, since it would steer this thread back at least in the general direction of the topic.

With that said, of the "Angels", Tanya Roberts had by far, (IMO) the nicest a**. Catch up with her topless, in the stinker, "Sheena".

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

OOOLLLDDD! you punk!:p

I didn't mean she was 'assisted living' old or anything, but... Dammit Red you know what I mean

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I didn't mean she was 'assisted living' old or anything, but... Dammit Red you know what I mean
Well, ATM Ms. Ladd is 59. Despite any hype that may exist saying that, "sixty is the new fifty", 59 is old, or a bare minimum, certainly getting there. But the 38 years young she was in, "Millenium" surely wasn't.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

captaincranky said:

Perhaps there's an episode dealing with kidnapping, which would be serendipitous, since it would steer this thread back at least in the general direction of the topic.

I think we're way past that.

But I'll make an effort: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH1phpBOPgA

"Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon"

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I didn't mean she was 'assisted living' old or anything, but... Dammit Red you know what I mean

yeah...I know R

Well, ATM Ms. Ladd is 59. Despite any hype that may exist saying that, "sixty is the new fifty", 59 is old, or a bare minimum, certainly getting there. But the 38 years young she was in, "Millenium" surely wasn't.

One of my favorite shows of the first half of the new decade was Las Vegas, and she was looking gooooooood!

Oddly enough, when Charlie's Angles was on, Kate Jackson was the one I was drooling over....who turned out to be a lesbian....why does that keep happening to me?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

One of my favorite shows of the first half of the new decade was Las Vegas, and she was looking gooooooood!

Oddly enough, when Charlie's Angles was on, Kate Jackson was the one I was drooling over....who turned out to be a lesbian....why does that keep happening to me?

That's happened to me a couple times also. I think you just need to tell yourself, "she fell, I didn't push her". This mantra can be quite soothing actually. Either that or a primal scream might ease the pain. Like this, "OH NO, say it taint so...."!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

That's happened to me a couple times also. I think you just need to tell yourself, "she fell, I didn't push her". This mantra can be quite soothing actually.

Oh I have moved on...white collar....Burn Notice....Lie to me...what was the thread topic again?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Topic or no topic, I did a bit of editing, see above....^^

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Topic or no topic, I did a bit of editing, see above....^^

I will give that a go at the next Twins Game when Mr Mauer is up!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I will give that a go at the next Twins Game when Mr Mauer is up!

Well, when you're done "primal screaming", check your mail......

Guest said:

looks like easy money.....maybe i should kidnap the kid next time.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

And speaking of covert ops........

looks like easy money.....maybe i should kidnap the kid next time.
Smooth move then, posting as a guest and all..

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