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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:14

Feds end use of Russian IT company's software

Written by  CBS News

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ordering federal agencies and departments to remove software sold by the Russia-based IT firm Kaspersky Lab, citing the cybersecurity company's alleged ties to the Russian government and vulnerability to intrusion by Russian intelligence.

The order on Wednesday by acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke directs the executive branch to identify Kaspersky products within 30 days and begin to phase out their use entirely within 90 days.

Kaspersky was founded in 1997 by current CEO Eugene Kaspersky, who once served in Russia's Ministry of Defense and graduated from a school with links to Russian intelligence. The company has a vast global presence with 400 million customers around the world and denies any nefarious connections to the Russian government.

The U.S. government has expressed concern about the possibility that Russian intelligence could access sensitive data and compromise systems using Kaspersky products, which are meant to guard against cyber intrusions.

Rob Joyce, the Trump administration's cybersecurity coordinator, told CBS News in August that he does not use Kaspersky products and would discourage others from doing so.

"I worry that as a nation state Russia really hasn't done the right things for this country and they have a lot of control and latitude over the information that goes to companies in Russia.

Read more at CBS News

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