Kaspersky: You can trust us despite USA government ban

Posted September 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cited concerns about possible ties between unnamed Kaspersky officials and the Kremlin and Russian intelligence services.

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.

In a statement sent to Fox News, Kaspersky Lab denied any involvement with the Russian government.

The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate told Fox News that it does not now have data on how much Kaspersky software is being across the US government.

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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.

A key congressional panel has asked the CEO of Kaspersky Lab to testify before lawmakers, one day after the US government barred federal agencies from using software produced by the Russian-origin cyber firm over national security concerns. United States government and private-sector cyber experts were also invited. In a tweet, Kaspersky Lab said that the two companies have "suspended" their relationship, which they said may be "re-evaluated" in the future. Last week, Best Buy Co, the No.1 USA electronics retailer, said it was pulling Kaspersky Lab's cyber security products from its shelves and website. 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. The retail giant Best Buy has said it would stop selling the company's software. It said Thursday that it will continue to get its product to customers "through its website and other prominent retailers".

McClatchy reported in July that documents it viewed appeared to show a link between Kaspersky and the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

The Committee for Science, Space and Technology of the House of Representatives invited general director and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky to testify about the security of the technical solutions that his company provides, Reuters reports.

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

Nonetheless, Congress is considering legislation that would implement a government-wide ban on Kaspersky products.

The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company's products by government.

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