MSNBC reports tonight (7-28-2017) that it has exposed ties between Kaspersky labs and cyber forces within the Russian Government . Specifically the Russian Spy agency FSB.
U.S. government officials, including the Senate Intelligence Committee and members of the intelligence community are allegedly concerned that the Russian-headquartered security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab might be colluding with the Russian government, claims the company denies and the cybersecurity community has never put much stock into.
Homeland Security, reports ABC News, issued a secret warning to avoid use of the company's products in February.
This isn't the first time someone has accused Kaspersky Lab of potentially using its software to undermine America. Similar allegations came out in 2015, when Bloomberg published a piece describing Eugene Kaspersky's friendship with government officials including those from the FSB - the Russian intelligence agency.
"I know Eugene and many of his GReAT team. All excellent and reputable," tweeted the cybersecurity consultant Jeffrey Carr who runs the Suits and Spooks intelligence conference.
We don't know what Homeland Security or the intelligence community knows, but we do know what allegations have been made in the past.
Eugene Kaspersky was trained at a KGB-sponsored university and worked intelligence. He is known to have close friends within political ranks, including the FSB.
And there's always the potential the company could be infiltrated without his knowledge. Also since this company is a Russian based company. there are no questions that the company will bow to the will of the Russian Government if pressed.
At the same time, Kaspersky Labs research wing has uncovered Russian espionage groups in the past. The company has done good work against other countries, too, and employs a number of well-known researchers in sites around the world, including the United States.
In a statement, Kaspersky denied the allegations.
"As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts. The company has a 20 year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations"
As it presently stands Kaspersky products or services are used in the United States government from the State Department to the Treasury.
An extensive effort is being made to cease the use of kaspersky's antivirus software within our government..
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