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Kaspersky banned by US Dept. of Homeland Security

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Kaspersky banned by US Dept. of Homeland Security

This isn't intended to be a politically oriented post, but more of a point of general interest as I know Kaspersky is a relatively popular anti-virus package on RFD and a number of members are using it. Thought people might find this noteworthy. I've added the highlighting to the quote below.


https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/13/dhs ... tive-17-01
WASHINGTON – After careful consideration of available information and consultation with interagency partners, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) directing Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies to take actions related to the use or presence of information security products, solutions, and services supplied directly or indirectly by AO Kaspersky Lab or related entities.

The BOD calls on departments and agencies to identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems in the next 30 days, to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days, and at 90 days from the date of this directive, unless directed otherwise by DHS based on new information, to begin to implement the agency plans to discontinue use and remove the products from information systems.

This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems. Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, which can be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems. 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. The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.

The Department’s priority is to ensure the integrity and security of federal information systems. Safeguarding federal government systems requires reducing potential vulnerabilities, protecting against cyber intrusions, and anticipating future threats. 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.

DHS is providing an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the Department’s concerns or to mitigate those concerns. The Department wants to ensure that the company has a full opportunity to inform the Acting Secretary of any evidence, materials, or data that may be relevant. This opportunity is also available to any other entity that claims its commercial interests will be directly impacted by the directive. Further information about this process will be available in a Federal Register Notice.
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Not just DHS but Bestbuy (USA only?) dropped Kaspersky as well:
Electronics retailer Best Buy will no longer sell security software from Russian internet security company Kaspersky Lab after concerns that the company could be unduly influenced by the Russian government.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/9/16280 ... ersecurity

Meanwhile people don't blink an eye when +90% of hardware is Made In China...
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I was gonna buy it today and when I checked Bestbuy.ca it looks like its longer in their website!
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Waterlooo
Who do you prefer to spy on you? Russians? China? Americans?
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IDK but this can be interpreted in two ways: Russia doesn't like Kaspersky and uses influence over Trump to cut off their revenue, or Trump/Republicans don't like Russians and Kaspersky is a big target to go after.

Or McAfee and Symantec don't like Kaspersky for making them look bad.
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Was banned by me long before this development. Would never install junk like that to crap up my machine(s).
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i always liked Kaspersky. Figured the Russians were the ones behind most of the virus so it's like paying them protection money. :)
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rilles wrote:
Sep 14th, 2017 1:41 pm
Who do you prefer to spy on you? Russians? China? Americans?
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denti72 wrote:
Sep 18th, 2017 2:59 pm
i always liked Kaspersky. Figured the Russians were the ones behind most of the virus so it's like paying them protection money. :)
+1, if you can't beat them, join them.
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If you are a political person or running a large corporation, I know where they are coming from. But for a normal consumers like us, does it really matter?
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why dont they ban all Huawei products in the United States?

99% sure most of the data on those devices are routed back to the central government in Beijing
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We come here looking for deals. We use the savings on the things we buy to justify buying more things, thus filling our homes with tons of unnecessary consumer products. Such is the key to happiness.

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Spies everywhere.
I heard from a reliable Federal government source that a building (headquarters for a large hightech company) were full of bugs when they were tearing the walls down.
It's protocol for government agencies to completely gut out a building that was previously occupied and now I know why.
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vkizzle wrote:
Sep 18th, 2017 6:59 pm
Spies everywhere.
I heard from a reliable Federal government source that a building (headquarters for a large hightech company) were full of bugs when they were tearing the walls down.
It's protocol for government agencies to completely gut out a building that was previously occupied and now I know why.
Building in question is the new HQ for DND (high security required). Used to belong to Nortel.

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/dnd ... ices-found
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Maybe Kaspersky should have originally named their product something like "G-Washington AV" to be less conspicuous. Anyway, I used to buy Kaspersky Internet Security but just use the free Windows default nowadays. I'll just let MS spy on me.
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denti72 wrote:
Sep 18th, 2017 2:59 pm
i always liked Kaspersky. Figured the Russians were the ones behind most of the virus so it's like paying them protection money. :)
Kind of paying for a protection racket LOL

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