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16 September 2017, 01:06 | Patty Hardy
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In a New York Times column earlier this month, Shaheen warned that the company poses a danger to us national security.
The decision came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they would be investigating the Russian company for possible ties to Russian security government security services.
The US Homeland Security Department's decision to ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software on the pretext of engagement in cyber espionage could actually be the start of a "wholesale attack" on Russian businesses overseas, the head of the State Duma's Committee on Information Policy, IT Technologies and Communications Leonid Levin told Sputnik.
The Russian statement came in response to the 90-day deadline given to United States federal agencies to remove the software.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services.
The department states if there are ties between Kaspersky or any of its workers to the Russian government, it could compromise U.S. National Security.
Kaspersky said it is not subject to the Russian laws cited in the directive and said information received by the company is protected in accordance with legal requirements and stringent industry standards, including encryption.
The American store chain Best Buy has stopped selling Kaspersky products, but Mr Kaspersky said he had had positive discussions with other retailers. Staples and Office Depot, both of which sell the software, didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.
Washington's recent attacks on Kaspersky Lab is seen by Moscow as an attempt to undermine efforts to rebuild a working relationship to combat terrorism and to initiate unfair competition in the information field and software market. His critics say it's unlikely that his company could operate independently in Russian Federation, where the economy is dominated by state-owned companies and the power of spy agencies has expanded dramatically under President Vladimir Putin.
Nicholas Weaver, a computer security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, called the US government decision "prudent;" he had argued for such a step in July. However, officials have not publicly disclosed which agencies exactly are using Kaspersky products.
"While our intelligence agencies may not use Kaspersky software, other federal agencies do", Klobuchar wrote.
Several lawmakers have been sounding alarms about Kaspersky for months.
USA action against Kaspersky Lab is created to undermine the competitive position of Russian firms worldwide and amounts to unfair competition, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
"The US government has a duty to protect its information, and we can assume that this decision is based on careful consideration and evidence, some or much of which they have not made public", said Alex Hamerstone, Practice Lead for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance division at security consultant TrustedSec, in an email sent to Fox News. Some companies sought to tread carefully, addressing questions from customers who asked about it without alarming those that didn't.
The software has also already been banned from the Department of Defense, and Sen. Since then, she's offered another amendment to the bill, which is being debated on the Senate floor, to extend the ban to the entire federal government. "While this action involves products of a Russian-owned and operated company, the Department will take appropriate action related to the products of any company that present a security risk based on DHS's internal risk management and assessment process".
TrustedSec's Hamerstone said the DHS move could have widespread implications.
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