Less than a month ago, the U.S. government began an internal assessment of its agencies that use Kaspersky security software. While the U.S. government currently prohibits its use, local and state governments use it extensively, according to reports.
U.S. officials believe Kaspersky has ties to the Kremlin. FBI officials have met with private industry representatives to warn about the potential ties. Rob Joyce, the Trump administration’s cybersecurity coordinator, is also now also warning consumers against using the security software, suggesting that…
“I worry that as a nation state Russia really hasn’t done the right things for this country and they have a lot of control and latitude over the information that goes to companies in Russia. So I worry about that. There is a connection between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence, and I’m absolutely certain that Russian intelligence would want to use that connection.”
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