Russian software company vendor Kaspersky banned from US federal computers
Russian software company vendor Kaspersky banned from US federal computers. The US government will have to dispense with its security solutions for fear that they will allow Moscow to spy on it.
The government of the United States has launched an ultimatum to all departments and federal agencies in the country. The institutions will have to begin uninstalling the software of the Russian security publisher Kaspersky within 90 days.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered the agencies and ministries of the country to do without this software, antivirus in particular, lest the latter do not allow Moscow to spy on them. In order to function, security solutions like those of Kaspersky, one of the world leaders in the sector, require deep access to the computer systems they protect.
In particular, the US authorities are worried about “the links between some Kaspersky executives and Russian intelligence” and the legal obligation for Russian companies to work closely with the country’s intelligence agencies.
“The risk that the Russian government, on its own initiative or with the help of Kaspersky, can take advantage of the access provided by the company to compromise the federal computer systems is a matter of national security,” writes the DHS in a press release. The latter is also open to any dispute on the part of the company, which it invites to provide “a reply as well as all the relevant evidence or data” about these accusations.
“No credible evidence”
In a statement, the company refuted any “inappropriate” connection with the government, saying “why no credible evidence to prove these charges has ever been advanced” : “
“Kaspersky has never helped or will ever help any government in espionage or computer offensive, and it is troubling that a company is presumed guilty due to geopolitical issues. “
The company refers to the strong tensions between Moscow and Washington since the United States accused Russia of having interfered in the 2016 presidential election, notably through computer piracy. The Russian embassy in Washington reacted and described the decision of the US government as “unfortunate”, saying it made the “prospects for restoring bilateral relations” even more precarious between the two countries. Russian software company
The decision of the DHS is political, explains Julien Nocetti, researcher specialist of Internet and Russia to the French Institute of the international relations:
“Kaspersky is an emblematic company, one of the few Russian economic players to be truly globalized and whose scope is global. It’s pretty symbolic. “