Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky from United States government systems

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky from United States government systems

In November, Kasperksy founder Eugene Kaspersky said the loss of USA government business would have little impact on its revenue, but the negative publicity resulting from the ban could hurt overall income by as much as 8 percent, the Guardian reported.

Today, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law, which includes Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) government-wide ban on Kaspersky Lab software across the federal government.

There have always been concerns that the Moscow-based security firm has links to the Russian government, although this is something the company strongly denies.

Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic senator who had been upping the pressure on the government to ban the software, praised Trump's decision to sign the directive.

"The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning", said Sen.

A Trump administration official testified previously that the DHS determined that only "a very small number" of federal agencies had installed Kaspersky products prior to September's directive being issued. Neither nation has provided specific examples, but recent reporting has indicated that Russian state-sponsored hackers leveraged a Kaspersky bug at least once to siphon classified secrets off the personal computer of a former U.S. National Security Agency employee.

"The federal government needs to leverage all resources to ensure that Kaspersky products on federal systems have been completely removed", said the Texas Republican.

Kaspersky Lab has denied the allegations, and to distance itself from them it has begun submitting the source code of its products for inspection to third-party organisations - yet nevertheless recently closed its Washington DC sales office.

Kaspersky Lab issued a statement Tuesday saying it has "serious concerns" about the new law prohibiting USA federal agencies from using its products because of "its geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity".

Speaking in October, co-founder Eugene Kaspersky said: "Internet balkanisation benefits no one except cybercriminals".

"We need to re-establish trust in relationships between companies, governments and citizens".

He added that the company is ethical in its practices.

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