Kaspersky CEO invited to testify before Congress

  • Kaspersky CEO invited to testify before Congress

Kaspersky CEO invited to testify before Congress

Last July, the Trump administration already removed Kaspersky from the list of approved state agencies' software vendors, citing concerns Russian authorities could infiltrate us government networks using Kaspersky's anti-virus products. Today, most of its business comes from outside Russian Federation, and the company boasts 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients worldwide.

Kaspersky has been in the spotlight for months over allegations of ties between the company and Russian intelligence. In July, Smith requested documents on Kaspersky from almost two-dozen government agencies, expressing concern that the firm's products could be used in "nefarious activities against the United States".

But according to The New York Times, Elaine C. Duke, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has ordered federal agencies to develop plans to remove Kaspersky software from the government's systems in the next 90 days. The company responded by claiming that it doesn't "have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against the company".

"I think that Russian [companies] should wake up to reality and start including a possible loss of the United States market in their business plans", Bruter added. "The strong ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming and well-documented".

"The department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies", she said in a statement.

DHS has given Kaspersky 90 days to provide proof that its products are not facilitating espionage for Russian Federation or to offer mitigating measures.

Republicans on the House Science Committee wrote to Eugene Kaspersky on Thursday asking him to testify at a subcommittee hearing on September 27.

The American store chain Best Buy has stopped selling Kaspersky products, but Mr Kaspersky said he had had positive discussions with other retailers.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multipronged digital influence operation a year ago in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the White House, a charge Moscow denies.

Washington's recent attacks on Kaspersky Lab is seen by Moscow as an attempt to undermine efforts to rebuild a working relationship to combat terrorism and to initiate unfair competition in the information field and software market.

Kaspersky Lab denies the allegations. The US is not the first country to ban the use of Kaspersky by the government.

The government has suggested that the objective of this hearing is to conduct "oversight of the cybersecurity posture of the federal government, and examine the extent to which the federal government utilizes your company's [Kaspersky] products".