hundreds of millions of customers for his company's anti-virus software, Eugene
Kaspersky is one of the leading global authorities on cybersecurity. So when he
warned executives at a technology conference this spring that "cyberweapons are
the most dangerous innovation of this century," the tech world took notice.
After all, Kaspersky was among the first to
publicly document the state-sponsored use of cyberweapons, signaling the advent
of a new era of war. His company, Kaspersky Lab, alerted the world to the
danger posed by the Stuxnet worm -- reportedly developed by the U.S. and Israeli
governments -- that attacked the Iranian nuclear program before spilling out into
the wider web, as well as the Flame virus that infected thousands of computers,
mostly in the Middle East. He has also provocatively called for Internet users
to be issued online virtual "passports" that would work like driver's licenses
in the offline world.