Federal agencies ordered to stop using Kaspersky software

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

Federal agencies ordered to stop using Kaspersky software

"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 US national security".

Kaspersky products accounted for about 5.5 percent of anti-malware software products worldwide, according to research firm Statista.

DHS said in a statement Wednesday that Russian law allows Russian spy agencies to compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks. The US General Services Administration removed Kaspersky from its approved vendor list in July, and the US Senate is due to vote this week on prohibiting the use of its software by government departments.

The U.S. government has been given one month to map their use of Kaspersky products and three months to begin their removal, the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) said in an online statement on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the US 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.

A committee aide said that the hearing will examine risks that Kaspersky products pose to USA information systems.

"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". The US government believes the antivirus firm has been colluding with the Russian government. Kaspersky expressed disappointment at the United States decision and claimed the company was being used as a pawn in a political game. The Defense Department does not use Kaspersky products anyway, as officials explained. It said Thursday that it will continue to get its product to customers "through its website and other prominent retailers".

Kaspersky Lab did not immediately respond when asked if its chief executive would attend. Best Buy has also announced that it will no longer sell Kaspersky software.

Bloomberg suggested that the tools not only deflected cyber-attacks, but also captured information about the hackers launching them, to pass on to Russian intelligence services.

The anti-virus company has repeatedly denied the existence of any such ties. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has push legislation that would ban the company's products governmentwide. In the Russian embassy in the USA, the ban on using Kaspersky Anti-Virus was called a continuation of russophobia.

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