Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

Russian Federation calls United States ban on Kaspersky products 'regrettable'

Russian Federation calls United States ban on Kaspersky products 'regrettable'

"The risk that the Russian government - whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky - could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products (in order) to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates USA national security", the directive said. The firm has about 400 million customers worldwide.

US action against Kaspersky Lab is created to undermine the competitive position of Russian firms worldwide and amounts to unfair competition, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security ordered federal agencies to stop using Kaspersky-made software Wednesday.

The U.S. on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company's ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. In addition to the head of the Russian anti-virus company, independent American experts on cybersecurity will also be invited to the meeting.

"No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organisation as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including the claims about Russian regulations and policies impacting the company", he said.

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This follows months of intense debate within the United States about growing cybersecurity and espionage concerns on the part of the Russian government. There may also be other agencies in which the software is being used without the knowledge of that agency's chief information security officer. US Intelligence officials have also asserted for quite some time that Kaspersky has ties to the Russian Federation, if for no other reason than the company's founder came from a KGB cryptography school. "Applaud DHS for heeding my call to remove all Kaspersky products from fed agencies".

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.

The US Government has banned Kaspersky security software and leading retailer Best Buy has removed it from their shelves nationwide after fears that the Company is linked to the Russian Government.

Kaspersky tweeted a screenshot of the invitation that he received from the US House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The FBI warned industry leaders about potential risks of using Kaspersky products previous year. "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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