US Senate Mulls Ban on Kaspersky Software for Pentagon

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Kaspersky sells cyber-security software to businesses and the government in the US, although intelligence officials have warned for years that the company has ties to Russian Federation.

Employees of Kaspersky Labs, a Russian cyber-security company with USA headquarters in Woburn, have been approached by federal investigators, the company confirmed today.

According to NBC News, on Tuesday, after work hours, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents visited employees' homes and grilled them on the company's operations.

And now according to Reuters, US senators are considering a defense spending policy bill that has already been passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

United States Senators are considering a proposal that would see security products from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, banned for military use.

"As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts", the company said in a statement today. The law will come into force if it approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

There doesn't appear to be hard evidence of a link, but there are worries that the United States isn't adequately vetting access agreements between Kaspersky and the third-party vendors that provide its tools to the American government.

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A consensus in Congress and among Trump administration officials believed Kaspersky "cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems vital to our nation's security", Shaheen said.

RUSSIAN SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky is facing a ban on its products being used by the USA military because the U.S. government thinks that it might be too Russian.

It is not the first time Kaspersky Lab has been forced to deny allegations that it has links to Russia's intelligence services, amid an ever-widening probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in the U.S. election.

Lawmakers raised concerns that Moscow might use the firm's products to attack American computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to interfere in the 2016 presidential election campaign. And Kaspersky founder and Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky has gone on the record previously that he would be willing to appear before the Senate to dispel any security concerns.

Kaspersky has said repeatedly it has no ties to any government and that allegations about its products being used to support Russian espionage are unfounded.

The officials also pressed their continued willingness to work with the concerned government with any investigation and believe the investigation will prove all allegations are false.

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