Amidst growing concerns over Moscow based cyber security firm Kaspersky being vulnerable to the Kremlin influence and using its anti virus software to threaten national security, the Trump administration on Wednesday told the U. S. government agencies to remove all Kaspersky Lab products from its network.
The decision was in response to the US intelligence agencies believes that Russia poses threat to national security in cyberspace, following the elections being stained by allegations that Moscow weaponized the internet in an attempt to influence its outcome.
However, amidst all the allegation Kaspersky Lab released a statement saying it has done repeatedly in recent months, and said its critics were misinterpreting Russian data-sharing laws that only applied to communications services.
Further clarifying the situation Kaspersky said – “No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.”
On the contrary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a directive to federal agencies. The order suggests them to identify Kaspersky products on their information systems within 30 days and begin to discontinue their use within 90 days.
This order applies to all civilian government agencies and won’t include the Pentagon. It seems though earlier this year Kaspersky products are generally not allowed on military network confirmed U.S. intelligence leaders.
DHS in a statement released accompanying the directive said – “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.”