Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers

Posted by  $  Your_Name_Goes_Here 2 months ago to Government
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I've seen lots of opinions here on Kaspersky, curious what your thoughts are on this removal order.
SOURCE URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/us/politics/kaspersky-lab-antivirus-federal-government.html


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  • Posted by  $  rainman0720 2 months ago
    "But on Wednesday, Elaine C. Duke, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, ordered federal agencies to develop plans to remove Kaspersky software from government systems in the next 90 days."

    Maybe I'm being a bit naïve, but isn't this essentially telling the people at Kaspersky and elsewhere "Hey, guys, you have 90 days to do whatever damage you can, because we're closing the door in 91 days."

    Why not make the announcement in secret, and on day 91 tell everyone "As of yesterday, no government computers contain any Kaspersky software."

    Does it make sense to anyone to telegraph to a potential enemy our strategy of defense?
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  • Posted by scojohnson 2 months ago
    Just kind of funny.. The UN uses Lenovo laptops, those are also banned (quite a while ago) by the US Government - when the Italians bought the Thinkpad product from IBM, they moved it to China for manufacture and the Chinese intelligence service started loading the motherboards and firmware up with malware.
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  • Posted by CaptainKirk 2 months ago
    many comments:
    1) The pot calling the kettle Black?
    2) Their software probably identifies too many of the malware tools our intelligence agencies use
    3) The company is more interested in doing it right, and cannot be man-handled by the US Intel Agencies

    Remember Snowden used Secure Email. That vendor was FORCED to go out of business, because the FBI showed up and said:
    Install this virus in your software that will steal Snowdens Decryption Keys... And he basically had to ANNOUNCE he was shutting down.
    And he went out of business instead.

    They can't play that game in Moscow.

    Now, you have to ask... Does the KGB play that game?
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  • Posted by term2 2 months ago
    When I heard that it was moscow based, and knowing the power of Putin over Russian companies, I would NOT use their anti-virus software myself. If they want to stay alive, they should move Kaspersky to a more free place (not necessarily the USA either, as our government is not to be trusted either)
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    • Posted by  $  2 months ago
      Just like Chinese companies who have no military ties are provided technologies that end up in military applications. For the same reason, I do not trust Kaspersky Labs' products. Perhaps it is being overly cautious, but you don't get burned by taking that approach.
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      • Posted by term2 2 months ago
        They are a victim of their own heritage I think. Their software might be great, but their government isnt great and they could be made to do whatever Putin wants.
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