The US Government Is Getting Rid Of Moscow-Based Kaspersky Products

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

"This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems", the statement from the DHS said. According to Kaspersky, the firm has over 400 million users around the globe.

Kaspersky has denied any unethical ties with Russian Federation or any government.

The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate told Fox News that it does not now have data on how much Kaspersky software is being across the USA government.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered USA government agencies to stop using Kaspersky's cyber security software.

On Wednesday, the USA government declared that federal agencies must identify a popular brand of security software on their networks and prepare a plan to remove it because of its creator's potential ties to Russia's cyberespionage activities.

The order applies only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon, but USA intelligence leaders said earlier this year that Kaspersky was already generally not allowed on military networks.

"I think that Russian [companies] should wake up to reality and start including a possible loss of the USA market in their business plans", Bruter added.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to the Kremlin.

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

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation a year ago in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies. And at the consumer level, electronics giant Best Buy announced that it was pulling Kaspersky's cybersecurity products from its shelves and websites.

DHS has given Kaspersky 90 days to provide proof that its products are not facilitating espionage for Russian Federation or to offer mitigating measures.

And chiefs of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA kept it short and sweet, answering with a simple "no" when asked if they would be alright with running Kaspersky's software on their agencies' systems.

Nonetheless, Congress is considering legislation that would implement a government-wide ban on Kaspersky products.

In an email to Reuters, Kaspersky said, "I appreciate and accept the invitation to testify before the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and if I can get an expedited visa, I look forward to publicly addressing the allegations about my company and its products".

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

Still, if you are using Kaspersky and want to find another anti-virus program there are dozens to consider.

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