Last July, the Trump administration already removed Kaspersky from the list of approved state agencies' software vendors, citing concerns Russian authorities could infiltrate us government networks using Kaspersky's anti-virus products. The firm has about 400 million customers worldwide.
Kaspersky Lab denied that it has ties to the Kremlin, BBC reported.
A United States government decision to stop using security software from Kaspersky Lab is "regrettable", the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Any federal agencies using Kaspersky software were given up to 90 days to discontinue doing so, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday, citing "information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems".
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The Trump administration yesterday told US government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security.
"The US government has a duty to protect its information, and we can assume that this decision is based on careful consideration and evidence, some or much of which they have not made public", said Alex Hamerstone, Practice Lead for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance division at security consultant TrustedSec, in an email sent to Fox News.
The Order won't affect the company too much because Kaspersky Lab "had very few sales to USA government organisations", Kaspersky tweeted earlier today. The retail giant Best Buy has said it would stop selling the company's software. Kaspersky products will now be withdrawn from stores and the firm's website.
Kaspersky labs, one of the world's foremost experts on computer security, is now under scrutiny after suspicions that its software may be used as espionage tools sponsored by the Russian Federation. The allegations about Kaspersky having cosy relations with Russian intelligence have been around for years as in this Bloomberg article from 2015.
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Federal contracting databases reviewed by Reuters show only a few hundred thousand dollars in purchases from Kaspersky, and an employee told Reuters in July the company's federal government revenue was "miniscule".
"I am honored and accept the invitation to give evidence to the Committee of the US house of representatives on science, space and technology, and if I can summarily get a visa, I hope to publicly respond to allegations about my company and its products", said Kaspersky.
Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has previously scrutinized the federal government's use of Kaspersky anti-virus software. "Many of those companies will now feel compelled to go through their systems and remove this antivirus program, as well as conduct a risk assessment".
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