Trump approves federal ban on Kaspersky

Trump's New Regulation To Ban Kaspersky Products In U.S. Government

USA federal agencies were prohibited from using Kaspersky anti-virus software on their computers back in September and now President Trump has signed a defense policy spending bill which includes a formal ban on using Kaspersky's anti-virus. The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive barring federal agencies from using Kaspersky products in September, which was codified into law this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. From his cell, he posted documents related to his case.

A recent media report which involves Kaspersky stated that Russian spies have exploited the company's products to steal sensitive files from an NSA contractor's computer. "This law is long overdue". She described the company's software as a "grave risk" to America's national security. In an attempt to address suspicions, the company said in October it would submit the source code of its software and future updates for inspection by independent parties.

Following Trump's decision, Department of Homeland Security cyber official Christopher Krebs said numerous government's agencies had already removed the software. U.S lawmakers welcomed the suggestion but said it was not sufficient, according to Reuters.

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It lost a lot of federal business as a result, and even UK's cyber security authorities warned its country's agencies against using Kaspersky.

On Tuesday, the company said it had "serious concerns" over the law "due to its geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity". Kaspersky reportedly shutting down its office located in Washington DC after facing the crackdown by the government.

"Instead, Congress singled out Kaspersky Lab based exclusively on the location of its headquarters, resulting in substantial and irreparable harm to the company, its USA -based employees, and its US -based business partners".

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