Why the USA government is moving to ban this Russian software company

Why the USA government is moving to ban this Russian software company

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has directed that every government agency must remove any and all Kaspersky software from their systems within 90 days.

For those that aren't familiar, Kaspersky has been one of the firms most commonly associated with researching and securing against common security threats like Wanna Cry and others.

The US decision to stop using Kaspersky software is an attempt to squeeze a successful Russian company out of the cybersecurity market, meaning that free competition makes sense to Americans only when it serves their interests, political analysts told Radio Sputnik.

On the eve, on Wednesday, September 13, the US Department of Homeland Security published an order that obliges all state institutions of the country within the next three months to refuse to use the antiviruses of the Russian company.

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Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the USA government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software on Wednesday. However, this directive doesn't only see the company from getting banned in the government offices, but private firms like Best Buy have also publicly announced to ditch the company's products.

Q: What did the USA government actually do? In a tweet, Kaspersky Lab said that the two companies have "suspended" their relationship, which they said may be "re-evaluated" in the future. According to current and former American officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation working with American spies have been trying to determine for years whether or not executives at Kaspersky are working with Russian military or intelligence agencies. It said the department also is concerned about Russian laws that would permit Russian spy agencies to compel Kaspersky to provide assistance or intercept communications transiting Russian networks.

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

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Both the company and its co-founder have denied the allegations.

Kaspersky Lab did not immediately respond when asked if its chief executive would attend.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, sent a letter to Duke asking the department for information about the government's use of Kaspersky products, especially on critical infrastructure and election systems. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has push legislation that would ban the company's products governmentwide.

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