US-based monitoring and analytics vendor Splunk has announced that it is immediately pulling out of Russia, at a time when the country is being accused of a growing number of cyberattacks on the West.
In a blog post titled "Shifting Priorities in Our Global Strategy", Splunk said that its decision will affect all direct and channel sales, as well as sales through all its subsidiaries, without exception.
San Francisco-based Splunk specialises in monitoring and analysing big data for enterprise.
No official reason has been given for the vendor's sudden withdrawal, with the statement claiming that "Splunk is continually evaluating where we are investing and focusing our company resources".
However, the decision came on the same day that Microsoft claimed that a hacking group believed to be linked to Russian military intelligence targeted the European offices of two American think tanks.
Russia is facing mounting scrutiny over allegations of state-sponsored cybersecurity hacks.
In conjunction, Russian authorities have been piling pressure on foreign tech companies doing business in the country in recent years, insisting on access to review source code for cybersecurity products before allowing imports or sales.
Russia claims that its rationale is to prevent foreign spy agencies from creating "backdoors" into its national infrastructure.
Computerworld recently reported that Splunk has also removed details of some of its Russian partners including VolgaBlob, TS Solution and ZAO NIP Informzaschita from its partner directory.
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