U.S. senators want military ban on Kaspersky Lab products

FBI Interviews Employees of Russia Linked Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Lab Sources

FBI Interviews Employees of Russia Linked Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Lab Sources

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab is very Russian, and the USA is very paranoid.

This bill would prohibit the US Defense Department from using Kaspersky software because the company "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence".

The reason? The Senate believes the Russian security giant "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence".

The Bureau, which reportedly did not issue search warrants during its interrogations, is now conducting a larger investigation into Kaspersky Lab and the extent of its relationship with Russian intelligence services.

Reuters said no warrants were served and the security firm later confirmed its staffers had a number of "due diligence" conversations with agents. It remains in draft form, and will still need to pass the Senate, the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump before becoming law. And Kaspersky founder and Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky has gone on the record previously that he would be willing to appear before the Senate to dispel any security concerns.

Intelligence officials are concerned the software could be used to attack USA infrastructure or snoop on customers. We are not sure how that works.

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"Just as a US-based cybersecurity company doesn't allow access or send any sensitive data from its products to the U.S. government, Kaspersky Lab products also do not allow any access or provide any private data to any country's government", he continued.

The company has repeatedly insisted it poses no threat to US customers and would never allow itself to be used as a tool of the Russian government.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who amended the spending bill to include Kaspersky, said in a statement that "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are alarming".

Kaspersky Lab has slammed allegations of its ties with the Russian government, saying that it is unacceptable "when false and unfounded accusations, which are not supported by any facts, are laid against the company", Interfax reports, citing the company.

The investigative agency, however, has not yet contacted the company.

"For 20 years, Kaspersky Lab has been focused on protecting people and organizations from cyberthreats, and its headquarters' location doesn't change that mission", Kaspersky Lab said in its statement.

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