US bans Kaspersky amid Washington-Moscow tensions


The United States federal agencies are not allowed to use software made by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, the US Department of Homeland Security says.

In a new binding directive issued on Wednesday, Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke gave federal agencies three months to begin the process of removing the software from their networks, citing an effort to maintain “national security.”

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke (C) speaks to reporters during a news conference at Ellington Airport on September 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by AFP)

“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 US national security,” the department said in a statement, further expressing concerns “about the ties between certain Kaspersky…

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  • Joseph Conrad

    Big Agency Data Security is so crappy the US better buy Kaspersky !
    the the u.s. idiods could say ‘Russia did it’ with some surety!

  • Zaphod Braden

    Get the G-D Israelis of Our Government …..

    Where is the investigation of ISRAELI “collusion in American elections”?!
    How many of YOUR/America’s $4+BILLION in WELFARE given to Israel every year comes back to America in the form of BRIBES to “american” politicians? Traitors voting to give Israel MORE, so they can get bigger BRIBES. .
    America, the “MASTERBLASTER” from the movie “Thunderdome” a giant moron ridden on and directed by Twisted Jewish Dwarves ……..
    What is good for Israel should be good for America. NO “dual citizen” allowed in government.
    Israel: Three dual-citizen MKs ordered to annul their foreign passports
    by Shahar Ilan – Haaretz – Feb18 2009
    The Central Elections Committee has ordered three Knesset members with dual citizenship to annul their foreign passports by next Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony, or at least begin steps to cancel them.
    The three lawmakers are Yohanan Plesner of Kadima (who has Danish citizenship), Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz (a Polish citizen) and Yisrael Beiteinu’s Anastasia Michaeli, who holds a Russian passport. The Basic Law on the Knesset states that “a member of Knesset holding an additional citizenship that is not Israeli … will not take the oath of loyalty until he has done everything he can to relinquish it.” –
    Nobody can have loyalty to TWO Nations at the same time. SO nobody with “dual citizenship” should be allowed to hold any post in our government.

  • just stupid.

    I use Kaspersky, and it is excellent.

    I tried a number of other anti-malware programs in the past.

    By the way, Israeli companies freely operate in this area and in other areas concerning computers and networks.

    And, it is just a matter of fact, israel’s spying activities in the United States are notoriously aggressive and continuous.

    Washington won’t admit it in public, but there have been enough anecdotes about embarrassingly aggressive Israeli spying over time to be considered scandalous.

    • Sallie Ann

      But the Israelis are our friends!!! Believe that and I’ll sell you a nice bridge in Brooklyn.