Pentagon draft budget bans Kaspersky Lab products
June 29, Washinton DC: The latest draft of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) has recommended that the Department of Defence be prohibited from using software by Russia-based global cybersecurity leader Kaspersky Lab.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, that it "prohibits the DOD from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab due to reports that the Moscow-based company might be vulnerable to Russian government influence."
Several employees of Kaspersky Lab in the US, were interviewed by the FBI recently in connection with a counter-intelligence probe. The head of the company, Eugene Kaspersky, has said he has no idea why the firm is targeted, but hinted that it may be "a result of (the) current crisis in relations between Russia and the US".Kaspersky Lab responded to similar allegations last month, saying it had a 20-year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business standards.
According to Kaspersky Lab statement “As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts.”.
Claims of Russian meddling in the US presidential election have been around since last year. A number of investigations are ongoing, including one by a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller to find out whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russia.
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