Mr Kaspersky has made his name battling the world's cyber criminals. The computer security guru says hackers in China and Latin America generate the greatest number of cyber-attacks.
The most sophisticated come from his own country.
"Russian attacks look more professional. The malware and design is more complicated and more technical," Mr Kaspersky says.
"I think it's thanks to Russia's technical education. Its graduates are probably the best."
Four hours flight east of Moscow, the next generation of those graduates is in training.
In the snow-coated Siberian city of Tomsk, one in every five residents is a student. Information security is what they excel in. But in college corridors here, students talk of hacking with respect, even reverence.
"Hacking is an art, the art of breaking-in," Alexei says. "A true hacker strives to learn something new. It's the art of constantly achieving new heights of expertise."
Tomsk University is one of many to offer computer security courses
The students don't learn this art directly in class. Alexei says his institute only "helps him in the right direction". But there are plenty of opportunities to hone your hacking skills on campus.
One, is when the Sibears do battle.
The cyber-warriors of Tomsk university consistently finish among the top three teams in international information protection contests. They train each week, hunting for flaws in each others cyber defences.
"I've found lots of flags! It was a successful attack," Zheniya whoops as he identifies a weak spot in his opponent's system. "Now I can get access to their database," he grins and prepares to swoop.
For these Siberian students, hacking is a test of their knowledge and ingenuity. As Zheniya explained, you can't defend a system unless you understand the principles of attack. But there is another illegal market for their undoubted skills.
The team members say they've never been tempted but back in Moscow, Andrei admits that when he started hacking, he was constantly approached and offered money to hire his services.
The Sibears regularly top international hacking contests
First, friends and relatives wanted him to break into e-mail accounts, or destroy websites.
Then the demands became more serious.
"There were people who wanted me to infect a large number of users who were clients of a certain bank, so they could use their computers to transfer money," Andrei remembers, but says he refused. "That's not ethical."
For those who are lured by the promise of riches, Russia's cyber police insist there's no such thing as anonymity in the internet. The department claims it has uncovered more than 7,000 cybercrimes in the past nine months.
Others fear that's only scraping the surface in the fight against a crime that knows no international boundaries.
That's why Mr Kaspersky is arguing for some form of government control of cyberspace.
"We depend on this network now, and we don't control it," he says, and suggests the introduction of internet passports for every user. For him, security concerns are more important than preserving full freedom.
That would certainly have complicated life for Andrei once. But he says he's abandoned criminal hacking now, and makes a living out of internet security services instead.
"It's still hacking, but because I get paid it gives me more pleasure. It's better than hacking illegally - and for nothing," he says.
But he estimates there are at least a hundred serious Russian hackers still at work.
And now a whole new generation of cyber-specialists is working its way through the country's colleges.
Soon, they too will be faced with a choice: whether to set their minds to creating sophisticated information protection systems, or join the ranks of Russia's hackers for hire.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.