“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,” DHS officials said, in a statement on the “Binding Operational Directive” Wednesday.
Kaspersky Lab denies the allegations.
Security experts told Fox News that they were not surprised by the DHS move.
“While I don’t have insight into the dealings of the Russian government and Kaspersky, we’ve seen in the news over the last few years that US companies regularly cooperate with US intelligence agencies … why would we think that this isn’t happening in other countries too?”
“The U.S. government has been looking at Kaspersky for years, so this announcement is no real surprise to anyone.
In fact, the GSA pulled Kaspersky from its list of pre-approved vendors back in July,” added Michael Borohovski, co-founder of Tinfoil Security, noting U.S. fears about potential cyber espionage.