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    Trump Administration Orders Purge of Kaspersky Products From U.S. Government

    Trump administration orders purge of Kaspersky products from U.S. government

    #Cyber Risk September 13, 2017 / 10:45 AM
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. 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 decision represents a sharp response to what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a national security threat posed by Russia in cyberspace, following an election year marred by allegations that Moscow weaponized the internet in an attempt to influence its outcome.

    In a statement, Kaspersky Lab rejected the allegations, as it has done repeatedly in recent months, and said its critics were misinterpreting Russian data-sharing laws that only applied to communications services.

    “No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions,” the company said.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive to federal agencies ordering them to identify Kaspersky products on their information systems within 30 days and begin to discontinue their use within 90 days.

    The order applies only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon, but U.S. intelligence leaders said earlier this year that Kaspersky was already generally not allowed on military networks.

    In a statement accompanying its directive, DHS said it was “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.”

    It continued: “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.”

    The department said it would provide Kaspersky with the opportunity to submit a written response to address the allegations. The agency said other entities claiming commercial interests affected by the directive could also submit information

    Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

    However, the company has not been able to shake off the allegations. Last week, Best Buy Co (BBY.N), the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, said it was pulling Kaspersky Lab’s cyber security products from its shelves and website...


    MORE: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1BO2CH


    *gulp* I've been using Kaspersky AV for 5 years. In another article they were talking about backdoors.




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    for some reason, I always conflate kaspersky with that anitvirus
    lunatic who was doing stuff in central america.

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    It's top-rated software...until now




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    shall we all take a turn at guessing what kompromat the russians now
    have on baddfingerz?



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    Quote Originally Posted by defrabbit View Post
    shall we all take a turn at guessing what kompromat the russians now
    have on baddfingerz?



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    Quote Originally Posted by baddfingerz View Post
    *gulp* I've been using Kaspersky AV for 5 years. In another article they were talking about backdoors.
    That reminds me of what Russia did at Sochi - cut a hole in the back wall of the doping lab so they could substitute clean urine samples for the dirty ones from their athletes.

    Take advice from Ukraine, don't trust Russia.

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    Pfft, i would be much more concerned about all the Windows, Google and Facebook-stuff.

    Do you american users also have almost daily updates for your phones, regarding the Facebook- and FB-Messenger-Apps? My guess is, these are no updates but the "backups" for the NSA...



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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Force View Post
    Pfft, i would be much more concerned about all the Windows, Google and Facebook-stuff.

    Do you american users also have almost daily updates for your phones, regarding the Facebook- and FB-Messenger-Apps? My guess is, these are no updates but the "backups" for the NSA...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_...lance_program)







    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_surveillance



    *Foamy [G-man] has the last, inside word on this (though his posts are scarce )*
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