Fallout from federal U.S. ban on Kaspersky Labs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a ban for all federal agencies to cut ties with cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs.

Based in Russia, DHS worries that federal agencies using Kaspersky’s software are putting U.S. national security at risk due to any ties with the Russian government.

Agencies have three months to identify any links to Kaspersky on their systems and then remove all traces of the software.

Kaspersky denounced any ties to the Russian government and the move by the U.S. government to ban it.

U.S. officials, on the other hand, cited software capabilities that had access to files on the agency’s network, and since the company had to comply with Russian law, that put U.S. national security at risk.

The company, while based in Moscow, has locations across the globe and has been at the forefront of cybersecurity research for years.

The cybersecurity company has more than 400 million customers worldwide, and U.S. allegations against it have already resulted in retailers pulling Kaspersky products from stores and inventory.

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