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Russian Federation calls USA ban on Kaspersky products 'regrettable'

Russian Federation calls USA ban on Kaspersky products 'regrettable'

The decision to force the removal of Kaspersky anti-virus and security software was revealed by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke.

"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 in a Forbes exclusive.

In a statement this week in response to the federal order, Kaspersky Lab said that it "has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage or offensive cyber efforts, and it's disconcerting that a private company can be considered guilty until proven innocent, due to geopolitical issues".

A U.S. government decision to stop using security software from Kaspersky Lab is "regrettable", the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Kaspersky Lab stated that they were disappointed by the decision from the US government and deny any ties whatsoever to the Russian government or intelligence agencies.

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But two months ago, the news website Bloomberg reported it had seen emails between chief executive Eugene Kaspersky and senior Kaspersky staff, outlining a secret cyber-security project apparently requested by the Russian intelligence service FSB.

The US government banned the use of Kaspersky security software in federal offices Wednesday, saying the Russian company has risky ties to Russian intelligence that threaten US national security. Kaspersky Lab reportedly has around 400 million customers worldwide, many of whom are based in the U.S., Kaspersky Lab also has a well-established business analyzing and investigating cyberthreats. The latest is electronics retailer Best Buy which said there were "too many unanswered questions" about the firm's software.

While he described the revenue his firm earns from the USA government as "close to zero", the wider United States market accounts for about a quarter of Kaspersky's sales.

It also cites a Russian law that allows intelligence agencies to seek information from Kaspersky.

The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company's products by government.