The U.S. government has finally made a concrete decision regarding Kaspersky Lab, banning software from the Russia-based cyber security firm in federal agencies.
Also on Sept 14, the US Senate came a step closer to passing legislation that would codify the Trump administration's ban, voting to expand an amendment to a pending defence policy spending bill to prohibit both federal civilian and military agencies from using Kaspersky Lab products.
The repercussions of this possible tie between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence could be futile in their impact, especially in the states.
However, it may have an impact in terms of raising suspicion of the company and discouraging sales, especially following admissions that the USA government has been secretly briefing major United States companies to ditch Kaspersky software.
For those that aren't familiar, Kaspersky has been one of the firms most commonly associated with researching and securing against common security threats like Wanna Cry and others. Kaspersky Lab is a huge multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider with headquarters in Moscow.
This follows months of intense debate within the USA about growing cybersecurity and espionage concerns on the part of the Russian government. On Wednesday, the U.S. government banned the use of any software from the company because of those security concerns. The Defense Department does not use Kaspersky products anyway, as officials explained.
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Fears about Kaspersky Lab have metastasised in recent months as U.S. lawmakers and intelligence officials have tried to understand the full range of Russia's cyber-enabled meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
At a Senate intelligence committee hearing in May, top US officials were asked whether they would be comfortable with Kaspersky software on their computers.
Kaspersky said it is not subject to the Russian laws cited in the directive and said information received by the company is protected in accordance with legal requirements and stringent industry standards, including encryption.
Eugene Kaspersky has denied that the cyber-security firm he founded is close to the Russian government and insists it poses no danger to its American customers.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. "The US has aired similar concerns about other companies, like Chinese telecom company Huawei, which is now banned from entering the US network equipment market".
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