Court document points to Kaspersky Lab's cooperation with Russian security service

Trump signs into law US government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

The ban on Kaspersky Lab products signals growing tensions between Russia and the USA and its key allies over fears that the company has ties to Russian intelligence and that its prducts could be used for espionage. The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive barring federal agencies from using Kaspersky products in September, which was codified into law this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue", U.S. Sen. She described the company's software as a "grave risk" to America's national security.

On Tuesday, Christopher Krebs, a senior cyber security official at the Department of Homeland Security, told reporters that almost all government agencies had fully removed Kaspersky products from their networks in compliance with the September order.

For months, government officials have been clearing the Moscow-based cyber security company's products from the networks of USA federal agencies, a task that is now more-or-less completed.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage. In a statement, the company said that it "has serious concerns" about the law because of it "geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity".

"Yet, Congress failed to address this fact or take a comprehensive look at federal IT sourcing policies to determine what improvements, if any, Congress could make to existing statutory and administrative authorities related to protecting government networks". It's even reportedly shutting down its Washington DC office as a result of the crackdown. According to a New York Times report, Israel told the United States that its people witnessed Russian hackers break into NSA's computers to steal secrets using the anti-virus software.

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