Trump administration orders purge of Kaspersky products from USA government

Trump administration orders purge of Kaspersky products from USA government

"The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates USA national security".

For those that aren't familiar, Kaspersky has been one of the firms most commonly associated with researching and securing against common security threats like Wanna Cry and others.

Kaspersky had repeatedly denied that it has any connection to the Russian government or intelligence services.

This move by DHS is the latest in a series of actions taken by the US government to vilify the Russia-based antivirus company and get its products away from government information systems.

The New York Times reports that the federal government took action on Wednesday to remove all software created by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab from USA government computer systems.

The head of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky has agreed to serve in the U.S. Congress. "No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including claims about the impact of Russian regulations and policies on the company". "This is especially concerning because the Russian government is actively trying to undermine our democracy".

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At a Senate intelligence committee hearing in May, top US officials were asked whether they would be comfortable with Kaspersky software on their computers. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, they must remove the software, on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

While he described the revenue his firm earns from the U.S. government as "close to zero", the wider U.S. market accounts for about a quarter of Kaspersky's sales. Amazon, which also sells Kaspersky software, declined to comment.

Best Buy pulled Kaspersky software products from its shelves in the last several weeks.

The government has suggested that the goal of this hearing is to conduct "oversight of the cybersecurity posture of the federal government, and examine the extent to which the federal government utilizes your company's [Kaspersky] products".

The Science, Space and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives Science said on Thursday that it invited Kaspersky to testify on September 27, along with a number of US government and private sector cyber experts.

The Kremlin has criticized the U.S. government's latest ban, describing it as unfair competition.

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