Head of Kaspersky Lab to Testify Before US Congress

Posted September 16, 2017

"The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates USA national security..."

Kaspersky products accounted for about 5.5 percent of anti-malware software products worldwide, according to research firm Statista.

The US Department of Homeland Security said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services.

"Given that our intelligence officials would not use Kaspersky Lab software, it is alarming that essential USA government agencies do".

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday directed federal departments and agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their information systems.

The invitation came a day after the Trump administration told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the company was vulnerable to Russian government influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardise national security.

"The U.S. government has been looking at Kaspersky for years, so this announcement is no real surprise to anyone".

"No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including the claims about Russian regulations and policies impacting the company", he tweeted. "This is especially concerning because the Russian government is actively trying to undermine our democracy". "The strong ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming and well-documented".

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In addition, U.S. retailer Best Buy has said it would no longer sell Kaspersky products in its stores, it's not known whether JB Hi Fi, Officeworks and Harvey Norman will follow the lead of the big United States retailer. It cites certain Kaspersky officials' ties to Russian intelligence.

That means that a Russian business offering cyber-security software may struggle to convince American consumers to buy products that their own government suggests are unsafe.

DHS has given Kaspersky 90 days to provide proof that its products are not facilitating espionage for Russian Federation or to offer mitigating measures.

But he denied that his company is involved in any Russian spying.

And chiefs of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA kept it short and sweet, answering with a simple "no" when asked if they would be alright with running Kaspersky's software on their agencies' systems.

Federal contracting databases reviewed by Reuters show only a few hundred thousand dollars in purchases from Kaspersky, and an employee told Reuters in July the company's federal government revenue was "miniscule".

Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has previously scrutinized the federal government's use of Kaspersky anti-virus software.