U.S. suggests banning Kaspersky antivirus program for being too Russian

30 June, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • U.S. suggests banning Kaspersky antivirus program for being too Russian

The NDAA release comes on the heels of Tuesday reports on visits by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to US-based employees of Kaspersky Lab, "at least a dozen" of them, according to NBC News, citing sources.

The Untouchables visited the homes of Kaspersky employees in multiple United States cities for a quiet word.

The reason? The Senate believes the Russian security giant "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence".

Employees of Kaspersky Labs, a Russian cyber-security company with USA headquarters in Woburn, have been approached by federal investigators, the company confirmed today.

The Senate's draft of the Department of Defense's budget rules reveals a provision that would block the use of products from the Russian-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, citing concerns that the company "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence".

As ABC News was first to report more than a month ago, based on sources familiar with the investigation, the FBI has recently been taking new steps to assess Kaspersky Lab's relationship with Russian intelligence services. The law will come into force if it approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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She argued in a statement that the firm "cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems" as "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming".

In response, Eugene Kaspersky, the company's founder and chief executive, had said during a question-and-answer session on Reddit that he would be willing to appear before the Senate to dispel any concerns about his company's products.

Back then, Kaspersky denied any rumors of spying for the Russian government and even offered to provide access for government officials to review its software's source code.

"As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber espionage efforts", it said.

Kaspersky's anti-virus software is popular in the United States and around the world, though USA officials have always been suspicious that the company may have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

RUSSIAN SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky is facing a ban on its products being used by the United States military because the United States government thinks that it might be too Russian. "It said that in its 20-year history, the company has abided by "the highest ethical business practices".

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