On a different track. Doable?
While not directly connected with the original article I wonder if there is a tenable link of sorts, namely the "registered and licenced software model".
I'd guess that K* like many others using "registered and licenced software model" has a database of authorised updates and a database of 'do not update these' ...
And I wondered if a traffic light system would be better especially for the named authorised and registered users. And for it to work along lines of:
Red light: do not update these users (either licence expired or on trial basis or ... )
Amber light: there is something dodgy about the licence and user. Flag this for attention of staff.
Green light: software updates allowed, ...
The new addition is of course an 'amber light' category with present working methods conforming to red light/green light only.
So, for example, in the case of a stolen computer in which a user has informed the software provided that user can say "My licenced use has been compromised because the hardware has been nicked. If my licence and registration leads to a computer attempting an upload please inform the police using crime reference ##### "
The above really is not limited to Kaspersky but it does allow me a rather tenuous use of the topic and 'licenced and registered' user model.