Feds ban government use of Kaspersky software

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

Under scrutiny, Kaspersky Lab considers changes to US subsidiary

The US Department for Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems.

The Department of Homeland Security issued the order on September 13 following growing criticism in Congress and elsewhere about the Moscow-based company's software products, which are widely used in the United States and elsewhere.

The Department of Homeland Security says the risk is that the Russian government, acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could use computer access to compromise USA government systems.

"The department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies", Duke said in a statement.

Earlier Wednesday, the DHS issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) calling on the U.S. departments and agencies to identify and "to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products" supplied by Kaspersky Lab within 90 days. The company's founder, Eugene Kaspersky, graduated from a KGB-supported cryptography school and had worked in Russian military intelligence.

There is a blanket warning applying to all federal agencies over concerns of possible Russian espionage by one of the most popular cybersecurity companies. "This wasn't an easy action for the U.S. government to take, and it will also have significant ramifications for corporations that use Kaspersky", explained Hamerstone, who is the Practice Lead for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance division at security consultant TrustedSec. The directive gives agencies 30 days to determine whether they are using any Kaspersky products.

The US-owned Best Buy chain sazid it would no longer sell Kaspersky products.

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It said it was not a telecoms provider and so not subject to the Russian laws Duke referred to on cooperation with the government.

Kaspersky denies that it has permitted the Kremlin access to client information, yet American authorities said on Wednesday that the choice to restrict Kaspersky items from government frameworks depended on the hazard postured by the organization and its powerlessness to oppose Kremlin mandates.

"In addition, business and government users may choose to install a local and private KSN center on their premises to make sure the data never leaves their facility", the company highlighted.

In a Tuesday statement, Kaspersky said it was "exploring opportunities to better optimize" the D.C. office.

"Given that our intelligence officials would not use Kaspersky Lab software, it is alarming that essential USA government agencies do".

Senator Shaheen argued for the ban on grounds that Kaspersky products chat to servers in Russian Federation, which she characterises as a "hostile country".

"No" was the reply given by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart. "What's more, on the off chance that you will acquire equipment and programming in such amounts, at that point in specific zones the state will unavoidably say to you: 'You know, we can't purchase that, since some place a catch will be squeezed and here everything will go down'".

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