In a move that signifies a shift in the global cybersecurity landscape, the Russian government has embarked on the development of its own version of Google’s VirusTotal. The primary aim of this initiative is to circumvent the storage of sensitive data on American servers. This development comes at a time when concerns about cyber sovereignty and data protection are at an all-time high.
Multiscanner: Russia’s Answer to VirusTotal
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper, reports that the new National Russian Center for Digital Cryptography is in the process of creating an alternative to VirusTotal, named ‘
Similar to VirusTotal, Multiscanner will offer file analysis through static analysis as well as behavioral analysis via a sandbox environment. Leading antivirus companies like Kaspersky and Doctor Web are actively involved in the project’s development.
A working prototype of Multiscanner is expected to roll out this year, with additional features slated for release in 2024. By 2025, the platform is planned to be fully operational.
Integrating with State Services and End-users
The Russian government intends to integrate Multiscanner with various state services, amplifying its utility beyond mere commercial or individual usage. Additionally, the online virus scanning service will be made available to end-users free of charge and without the necessity for software installation.
Implications for Cybersecurity
The creation of Multiscanner signals a broader geopolitical trend in the realm of cybersecurity. By developing its own version of VirusTotal, Russia not only aims to secure its cyber-infrastructure but also gains an edge in the global cybersecurity dynamics.