Trump orders U.S. government to get rid of Kaspersky products
Trump administration has just ordered U.S. government agencies to stop using Kaspersky Lab products. The order is based on a concern that the Moscow-based cyber security firm might be under Kremlin's influence, and as such, is a national security concern.
Kaspersky Lab has rejected such allegations a number of times over the last months but without any success.
The company's statement said that "No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions."
U.S. government agencies are expected to get rid of Kaspersky Lab's products in their networks within the next 90 days.
The Department of Homeland Security said that "The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security."
Kaspersky Lab is a Russian cyber-security provider, one of the leading anti-virus software companies in the world, headquartered in Moscow. It was founded in 1997 by the current CEO Eugene Kaspersky, who attended a KGB school and the company has acknowledged doing work for the current Russian intelligence agency FSB.
Whether the concerns are justified or not, I guess we'll never know.