National security could be in danger. The Trump administration on Wednesday warned U.S. government agencies to get rid of Kaspersky Lab products from their networks. This all seems to be because of the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm, which is vulnerable to Kremlin influence.
It has also been noted that the U.S. Congress has also invited Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, after the Trump administration ordered U.S. government agencies to stop using the company’s software. However, there was no immediate response from the Kaspersky Lab when asked if its chief executive would attend.
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday said that any federal agencies using Kaspersky software has only up to 90 days to suspend doing so, citing “information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems.”
U.S. authorities also say that “certain Kaspersky officials” could have ties with Russian intelligence and other government agencies, providing an opportunity for U.S. security to be “compromised.”
Both the company and its co-founder deny all the allegations. “There is no evidence to confirm these false media reports because Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government,” Eugene Kaspersky wrote on Thursday.
“As our customers and partners know firsthand, transparency and trust are the foundations of our 20-year-old business, and these guiding principles will never change, regardless of geopolitical tensions or inaccurate media representations,” he added. Kaspersky argued that his company is being targeted because of “geopolitical turbulence.”
“As I’ve said before, it’s not popular to be Russian right now in some countries, but we cannot change our roots, and frankly, having these roots do not make us guilty,” he wrote.
Kaspersky Lab maintains that “all accusations brought against us are baseless,” the company said in a statement quoted by TASS.
“No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization, as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions,” the company said.
“I’ve repeatedly offered to meet with government officials, testify before the U.S. Congress, provide the company’s source code for an official audit and discuss any other means to help address any questions the U.S. government has about Kaspersky Lab – whatever it takes, I will do it,” Kaspersky wrote.