Trump administration limits government use of Kaspersky Lab software
The Trump administration removed Tuesday Kaspersky Lab based in Moscow from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology, while the Kremlin could use the company’s cyber security products to enter the American networks .
The withdrawal represents the most concrete action taken against Kaspersky after months of growing suspicions among intelligence officials and lawmakers whereby the company may be too tied to hostile Russian intelligence agents accused of cyberattacks in the USA .
Kaspersky products have been removed from the list of providers of the US General Services Administration for contracts for information technology services and digital photographic equipment, a spokesman for the agency said in a statement.
The action was taken “after the review and scrutiny,” the spokesman said, adding that GSA’s priorities “is to ensure the integrity and security of US government systems and networks.”
Government agencies can continue to use the Kaspersky GSA contract single product process.
Kaspersky antivirus software is very popular in the US. And around the world, and the company has been a major player in the computer security market for decades.
In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it had not received any updated GSA or any other agency from the United States government regarding its supplier status.
“Kaspersky Lab has no connection to a government and society ever helped or assisted, no government in the world with its cyber espionage efforts,” the company said.
He added that he was “caught in the middle of a geopolitical struggle in which each party is trying to use the company as a pawn in a political game.”
Radiation took place the same day ABC News reported that the Trump administration plans to implement a broader ban that would prevent agencies from using Kaspersky software.
Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a defense spending bill that prohibits the use of Kaspersky products in the military.
The move came a day after the FBI interviewed several employees of the American society in their private homes as part of a counter-intelligence investigation into their operations.
In May, the United States high intelligence said in a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that it examined the government’s use of Kaspersky Lab software.
Lawmakers have expressed concern that Moscow may use company products to attack US computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given the allegations by the United States
Intelligence agencies that hacked Russia and an escape from the Democratic Party’s political groups e-mails to interfere in the presidential election campaign in 2016. Russia denies the allegations.