A provision in a Senate spending bill that is likely to become a law would stop the Defense Department from doing any business with Kaspersky Lab. Which is a Russian cyber-security company whose employees were interviewed at their homes this week by FBI agents.
This congressional action comes from mounting concerns about the Moscow-based company, which sells anti-virus software across the globe. Their customers include regular every day consumers, but also businesses and government agencies.
In recent months, U.S. intelligence officials have expressed concerns that Kaspersky is a huge security risk, but never specified the basis of those concerns.
“The ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who authored the provision in the defense spending bill.”This has led to a consensus in Congress and among administration officials that Kaspersky Lab cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems vital to our nations security.
Tuesday FBI agents paid visits to many employees of Kaspersky, asking questions regarding the company’s operations as part of a counter-intelligence inquiry.
There is no indication at this time whether or not the inquiry is tied to part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion. Kaspersky has long been of interest to the U.S. government.
The security software is widely used in the United States, and its billionaire owner Eugene Kaspersky, has very close ties to Russian intelligence figures, according to U.S. officials. Eugene graduated from Soviet KGB-backed Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science in 1987.
Kaspersky has been selling software in the U.S. for years and have sought to raise its American profile with corporate sponsorship’s including that of National Public Radio.
In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it “has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber-espionage efforts. The company has a 20 year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused with out any hard evidence to back up these false allegations. Kaspersky lab is available to assist all concerned government organizations with any ongoing investigations, and believes a deeper examination of Kaspersky Lab will confire that these allegation are unfounded.”
We don’t know what do believe yet for sure. But with the recent ransomware attacks it definitely makes sense for the U.S. government to take precautions. This is very serious, and being careful is a good thing. We are dealing with cyber security here, and Kaspersky is on many U.S. computers. The government is doing what they have to do.
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