The US Ministry of Trade is considering measures against “Kaspersky Laboratory” / Habr

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The US Department of Commerce is considering restricting Kaspersky Lab amid fears that its products pose a risk to US national security. US authorities are investigating whether the company’s products have been used to steal information or interfere with government agencies and large companies. The investigation also suggests that there is a risk of leaking access to US infrastructure networks. The investigation has been reopened, and additional internal reserves have been brought in, including specialists from the NSA. Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied allegations that it works with Russia or any other state to facilitate cyber espionage.

The US Ministry of Trade is considering measures against “Kaspersky Laboratory” / Habr

US Department of Commerce

is considering

the possibility of applying restrictive measures against “Kaspersky Laboratory”

Media sources explained that supervisory agencies and US authorities are studying the facts of the possible use of the company’s products to steal information or interfere with the work of government agencies and large companies. The materials of the investigation refer to the possible risk of leaking access to the networks of contractors and operators of critical US infrastructure.

It is noteworthy that earlier a similar investigation was activated by the US Ministry of Justice in 2021, but then American IT experts did not find any evidence against Kaspersky Lab. Now it’s back to work again. The US authorities want to make progress in its development and have brought in additional internal reserves to conduct a deeper investigation, including specialists from the NSA. The American authorities are especially concerned about the fact that Kaspersky Lab products are installed in the IT systems of operators of critical infrastructure facilities, for example, in energy companies.

If necessary, the US Department of Commerce may use the ability to ban certain applications in accordance with its own rules aimed at ensuring Internet security and eliminating threats related to espionage and disinformation.

According to experts, the corresponding measures are likely to be narrowly focused, that is, they will prohibit the use of the company’s software only in certain cases. They believe that there is a possibility that too broad a restriction on anti-virus software could lead to unintended consequences, such as compromising the capabilities of other software or, conversely, opening up access to IT systems to attackers if other protections are not installed. Software.

According to media reports, Kaspersky Lab has “repeatedly denied that it works with Russia or any other state to facilitate cyber espionage or other malicious cyber activity.”


March 25, 2022 Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

turned on

“Kaspersky Laboratory” to the list of suppliers of telecommunications equipment and services that pose a threat to the national security of the United States and the safety of American citizens.

On March 30, the mass media reported that the US authorities are afraid of imposing direct sanctions against Kaspersky Lab. Experts from the government administration believe that this move will lead to irreparable cyber consequences or the occurrence of incidents in the information security of users around the world. The National Security Council of the White House requested the US Treasury Department to prepare sanctions against Kaspersky Lab, but as a result, the department, after consultations, indefinitely postponed the plan to introduce sanctions against Kaspersky Lab and the company’s founder Yevgeny Kaspersky.

Kaspersky Lab explained that the US decision was not based on a technical evaluation of the company’s products, but on political motives. The company is also ready to cooperate with US government agencies and answer any questions from the Federal Communications Commission or other regulators.

On April 26, 2022, Poland imposed sanctions against Kaspersky Lab and Yevhen Kaspersky. Sanctions provide for the freezing of assets and financial transactions, the company under sanctions can no longer participate in government contracts.

The Polish authorities explained the reasons for the imposition of sanctions against Kaspersky Lab by the fact that the company is a large taxpayer that provides revenues to the Russian budget. Also, sanctions were imposed on “Kaspersky Laboratory” by Poland due to the application of restrictive measures within the framework of strengthening national cyber security.

In May 2022, the US authorities intensified their investigation into Kaspersky Lab. They believe that Kaspersky Lab’s products are capable of posing an unacceptable risk to US national security.

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