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Russian Federation says Kaspersky removal in United States delays bilateral ties recovery

16 September 2017

"Given that Kaspersky Lab doesn't have inappropriate ties with any government, the company is disappointed with the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but also is grateful for the opportunity to provide additional information to the agency in order to confirm that these allegations are completely unfounded", it said.

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.

That comes from a pointed statement which alleges that, while Kaspersky may not itself be guilty, the Russian Federation may, nevertheless, have access to sensitive files that originate either within U.S. intelligence or United States governmental databases. The US General Services Administration removed Kaspersky from its approved vendor list in July, and the US Senate is due to vote this week on prohibiting the use of its software by government departments.

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

This follows the USA government raising concerns that the company is "vulnerable to influence from the Kremlin", and giving federal agencies 90 days to stop using Kaspersky security software and remove it from their systems.

The U.S. cited concerns about Kaspersky's ties to Russian intelligence services as the reason for the ban, which was announced Wednesday. "There is no proof provided of any improper ties to the Russian government".

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Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the USA authorities' decision on Kaspersky Lab as politically motivated.

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.

The hearing before the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will take place on 27 September and will also no doubt cover his company's alleged relationship with the Russian government.

Kaspersky Lab did not immediately respond when asked if its chief executive would attend.

The company denied the allegations.

"The objective of this hearing is to conduct oversight of the cybersecurity posture of the federal government, and examine the extent to which the federal government utilizes your company's products", Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), chairman of the subcommittee on oversight, wrote in the letter to Kaspersky. However, officials have not publicly disclosed which agencies exactly are using Kaspersky products.

Russian Federation says Kaspersky removal in United States delays bilateral ties recovery