President Donald Trump has signed into law an order banning the use of Kaspersky’s products within US government agencies.
The ban on Kaspersky's products signals growing tensions between Russia and the Trump led US administration over fears that the Moscow-based anti-virus software provider has ties to Russian intelligence and that its products could be used to exfiltrate information from the PCs of US government official. Kaspersky firmly denies this notion.
"The case against Kaspersky is well documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue." U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the Russian global cybersecurity firm had previously indicated that he was willing to provide access to the Kaspersky’s source code, intending to dispel fears relating to Russian government affiliation.
To recall last month, according to The Guardian, Kaspersky said the loss of U.S. government business would have little impact on its revenue. Nonetheless, the company admitted that the negative publicity resulting from the ban could overall have an adverse impact on its income by as much as eight percent.
“The case against Kaspersky is well documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told Reuters. “I appreciate the urgency of my bipartisan colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to remove this threat from government systems.”
In the meanwhile, a Kaspersky spokesperson said: “All software, including various products more widely deployed in government networks than Kaspersky Lab software, can have vulnerabilities exploited by a malicious cyber actor… Yet, Congress failed to address this fact or take a comprehensive look at federal IT sourcing policies to determine what improvements, if any, Congress could make to existing statutory and administrative authorities related to protecting government networks.”