US President signs ban on Kaspersky Lab software

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U.S. agencies have investigated the allegations multiple times and it appears that they're convinced that the Moscow-based company might have links with the country's administration.

The US President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab products within the US government, amid concerns the Moscow-based firm may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Kaspersky has been under fire for potential connections to Russian espionage operations for the brunt of the year.

The ban, introduced as part of the annual defense spending bill, codifies a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that federal agencies get rid of Kaspersky Lab's software, hardware and other services within 90 days, Reuters reported.

The campaign against Kaspersky was spearheaded by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who said, "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue". She added that the company's software represented a "grave risk" to US national security.

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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".

Kaspersky Labs may laugh this one off: its stuff has already mostly been erased by some United States government agencies, and it has closed its Washington DC office in anticipation of federal sales efforts being futile.

The distrust - at least publicly - that the USA shows for Russian Federation is well-known. That's why we're launching this Global Transparency Initiative: we want to show how we're completely open and transparent. "We've nothing to hide".

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