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US government bans use of Kaspersky Antivirus software

Author: Kavita Iyer / Source: TechWorm

Russian Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab removed from approved list of software vendors by the Trump government

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab suffered a jolt from the Donald Trump administration on Tuesday when it announced that it had removed the former from two lists of approved vendors used by state departments and government agencies in the United States to purchase technology equipment, amid worries about the company’s links to intelligence services in Moscow.

The news comes as a surprise when several reports floated by the US-based media, including Bloomberg News, suggested that the security firm had powerful ties than initially believed with Russian intelligence agency FSB.

The General Services Administration (GSA) who confirmed the news to AFP said that “GSA’s priorities are to ensure the integrity and security of US government systems and networks and evaluate products and services available on our contracts using supply chain risk management processes.”

Denying all allegations in a statement on its website, Kaspersky said that the company does not have what it described as “inappropriate” ties with any…

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