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Government Limits Use of Kaspersky Lab Software

Government Limits Use of Kaspersky Lab Software

According to a new report called 'Human Factor in IT Security: How Employees are Making Businesses Vulnerable' by Kaspersky Lab and B2B worldwide, employees hide IT security incidents in 40% of businesses globally and IT security incidents are caused by 46% of employees per year.

News website Bloomberg said it had seen emails showing Kaspersky had developed tools for Russia's intelligence agency.

The government list - known as a schedule - is maintained by the General Services Administration, and GSA "made the decision to remove Kaspersky Lab-manufactured products" after "review and careful consideration", a GSA spokeswoman said in a statement to ABC News.

Based in Russia, Kaspersky Lab is a widespread cyber-security company with over 400 million users worldwide, although since not all of its software carries its name, over half might not even know according to Bloomberg. It added that government agencies will still be able to use Kaspersky products purchased separately from the GSA contract process, and will continue to run Kaspersky software if it is already installed. It also released a statement denying claims that it has unethical connections with any government, including Russian Federation.

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US-made routers and servers shipped to customers overseas may contain backdoor software installed by the National Security Agency (NSA), says.

Kaspersky Lab's software was removed from the list or schedule of software providers that are approved to be used by federal networks kept by the General Services Administration.

Lawmakers and other USA officials point to Kaspersky Lab executives with previous ties to Russian intelligence and military agencies as reason for concern.

In May senior USA intelligence officials said in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that they were reviewing government use of software from Kaspersky Lab. However, many agencies will only place orders through GSA Schedule Contracts. "The Russians are too good at the intelligence game, not to utilize a resource of that quality". "No matter how honest or how good Kapsersky Labs is, I cannot trust the Russian government not to try and leverage the company". "Private security companies often do work with intelligence agencies". He also points out that the Bloomberg story quotes from email between company CEO Eugene Kaspersky and allegedly the FSB about working on anti-distributed denial of service (DDoS) technology. With other sources the story makes it sound suspicious, but Firstbrook notes the thrust of the message is stopping DDoS attacks and catching the hackers. The move came a day after the FBI interviewed several of the company's USA employees at their private homes as part of a counterintelligence investigation into its operations.


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