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U.S. federal agencies banned from using Kaspersky software

By Peter Chu - on 14 Sep 2017, 11:20am

U.S. federal agencies banned from using Kaspersky software

Image source: Kaspersky Labs.

If you have been paying attention to world politics over the recent months, you would notice that the relationship between the United States and Russia is progressively becoming more strained.

And judging from the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent decision to ban the use of Kaspersky security software in all federal agencies earlier today, it appears that things aren’t going to get better anytime soon.

In a recent statement, Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the DHS, ordered all Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies to identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems within the next 30 days, develop a plan to remove them within the next 60 days, and have the plan executed within 90 days from today.

“The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks,” the statement read.

“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 U.S. national security.”

Kaspersky has since responded to DHS’ statement, saying that it “doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government” and that “the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.”

Back in July, the United States government raised suspicions about Kaspersky’s affiliations with the Russian government, and threatened to ban the software of the Russian antivirus company in a draft of its defense bill.

In attempt to prove the innocence of his own company, Eugene Kaspersky said he would be willing to share source code of his security software, and even testify in front of the United States Congress if necessary.

Source: United States Department of Homeland Security via TechCrunch.