DHS directs government agencies to scrub systems for Russian company's software

DHS directs government agencies to scrub systems for Russian company's software

DHS directs government agencies to scrub systems for Russian company's software

The U.S. government banned all use of Kaspersky Lab Inc. software in federal information systems, citing concerns about the Moscow-based security firm's links to the Russian government and espionage efforts.

The company's cyber-security software is widely used in the United States, and its billionaire owner, Eugene Kaspersky, has close ties to some Russian intelligence figures, according to US officials.

Agencies have 30 days to identify Kaspersky products on the IT systems, 60 days to develop a plan for removal, and 90 days to discontinue using the products.

The statement did not say whether the government has discovered evidence that Kaspersky products have compromised the security of federal networks.

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Those offices, home to the Kaspersky Lab subsidiary KGSS that is dedicated to the US federal market, were empty when a Reuters reporter visited them in July.

As ABC News previously reported, the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation of Kaspersky Lab several years ago, and the agency has recently been taking new steps to assess Kaspersky Lab's relationship with Russian intelligence services, including interviewing company employees based in the United States.

USA officials have yet to publicly present any evidence indicating concerning links between Kaspersky Lab employees and elements of the Russian government.

"The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks", the department said in a statement. A 2012 report from Bloomberg discussed founder Eugene Kaspersky's ties to the Russian FSB and his background in KGB-sponsored cryptography research.

"Kaspersky Lab is facing one of the most serious challenges to its business yet, given that members of the US government wrongly believe the company or I or both are somehow tied to the Russian government", he recently wrote on his blog.

The company concluded that it was "caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight" and is being "treated unfairly even though the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage or offensive cyber efforts".

The DHS is inviting Kaspersky to submit a written response to address or mitigate its concerns.

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