Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion or­ders purge of Kasper­sky prod­ucts from U.S. govern­ment

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

WASH­ING­TON, (Reuters) - The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion yes­ter­day told U.S. govern­ment agen­cies to re­move Kasper­sky Lab prod­ucts from their net­works, say­ing it was con­cerned the Moscow-based cy­ber se­cu­rity firm was vul­ner­a­ble to Krem­lin in­flu­ence and that us­ing its anti-virus soft­ware could jeop­ar­dize na­tional se­cu­rity.

The de­ci­sion rep­re­sents a sharp re­sponse to what U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have de­scribed as a na­tional se­cu­rity threat posed by Rus­sia in cy­berspace, fol­low­ing an elec­tion year marred by al­le­ga­tions that Moscow weaponized the in­ter­net in an at­tempt to in­flu­ence its out­come.

In a state­ment, Kasper­sky Lab re­jected the al­le­ga­tions, as it has done re­peat­edly in re­cent months, and said its crit­ics were mis­in­ter­pret­ing Rus­sian data-shar­ing laws that only ap­plied to com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices.

“No cred­i­ble ev­i­dence has been pre­sented pub­licly by any­one or any or­ga­ni­za­tion as the ac­cu­sa­tions are based on false al­le­ga­tions and in­ac­cu­rate as­sump­tions,” the com­pany said.

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