Of­fi­cial de­tails wide use of soft­ware tied to Rus­sia

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

Com­puter sys­tems at 15 per­cent of U.S. gov­ern­ment agen­cies were run­ning Kasper­sky Lab soft­ware that’s been banned be­cause of con­cerns about the com­pany’s ties to the Krem­lin and Rus­sian spy oper­a­tions, a top Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment of­fi­cial told Congress on Tues­day.

In July, the Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­moved Kasper­sky from its list of ap­proved fed­eral ven­dors. In Septem­ber, Home­land Se­cu­rity di­rected all U.S. fed­eral agen­cies and de­part­ments to stop us­ing prod­ucts or ser­vices sup­plied di­rectly or in­di­rectly by the Rus­sian-owned and op­er­ated com­pany.

About 94 per­cent of all fed­eral agen­cies met the mid-oc­to­ber dead­line to de­ter­mine whether they were us­ing any Kasper­sky prod­ucts, Jeanette Man­fra, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary, told a sub­com­mit­tee of the House Com­mit­tee on Sci­ence, Space, and Tech­nol­ogy.

She said the de­part­ment is help­ing the re­main­ing agen­cies, which are small and do not have the tools to scan their sys­tems.

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