Thursday September 14, 2017

US Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies

The US government has announced that they are banning the use of Kaspersky software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities: federal civilian agencies have been ordered to identify such software on their networks and remove it after 90 days, on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

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The company said in a statement Wednesday that it "doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against the company." It also said that the Russian law requiring assistance does not apply to the company. "Kaspersky Lab has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage or offensive cyber efforts, and it’s disconcerting that a private company can be considered guilty until proven innocent, due to geopolitical issues," Kaspersky said.