American government departments have been ordered to remove any Kaspersky anti-virus software they have on their systems – as it’s made in Russia.
The Department of Homeland Security is worried about potential links between the firm and the Russian government – links the firm denies, naturally.
So perturbed are some American shops by the allegations that they have stopped selling Kaspersky, which will no doubt have an impact on the company’s sale figures.
Elaine Duke, the Homeland Security Secretary, has given departments 90 days to get rid of the software and, I assume, install something else. She said: ‘The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalise on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security.’
As you can imagine, Kaspersky isn’t particularly pleased with the development, claiming: ‘No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organisation as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.’
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