Kaspersky software banned from U.S. government computers

Kaspersky software banned from U.S. government computers

Kaspersky software banned from U.S. government computers

It also said that the Russian law requiring assistance does not apply to the company.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

In other words, there's no clear cut public proof that Kaspersky leaves back doors in its software for Russian Federation officials to access.

DHS is providing an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the Department's concerns or to mitigate those concerns.

. He called the ban a "risk-based decision". "If they want to provide additional information or mitigation strategies, our door is open".

The move comes amid heightened strains between Russian Federation and the U.S. over Moscow's alleged interference in last year's USA presidential election.

"Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, which can be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems".

During a US Senate hearing on Russian election interference in March, former NSA director Keith Alexander said he wouldn't trust Kaspersky products on his own computer and suggested that others shouldn't use it either. The FBI, aided by US spies, has for years been trying to determine whether Kaspersky's senior executives are working with Russian military and intelligence, according to current and former USA officials. Many had been left to speculate about the risks of sticking with the company or abandoning taxpayer-funded contracts, sometimes at great cost.

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Kaspersky has denied any unethical ties with Russian Federation or any government. Mr Kaspersky's background - he was educated at a KGB-backed technical college and briefly worked for a Russian defence ministry scientific institute - has long given rise to suspicions about his loyalties despite his denials.

Eugene Kaspersky, the company founder, was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seeking to identify any links between the company and the Russian intelligence service known as FSB.

Federal executive branch agencies must stop using software from Kaspersky Lab. Federal law enforcement officials warned some congressional staffers as early as November 2015 not to meet with employees from Kaspersky, because of concerns about electronic surveillance.

According to a release of the Ministry of internal security of the United States, the use of "Kaspersky Lab" should be completely stopped within 90 days.

The Trump administration issues an outright ban on security software from the Russian firm, months after the company was removed from a list of approved vendors.

The company made the point that the majority of its revenue streams exist outside of Russian Federation, noting that unethical behaviour in collaboration with any government would be a disaster for its bottom line. A spokesperson said "the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions".

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