President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the usa government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.
The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that civilian agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. From his cell, he posted documents related to his case.
For months, government officials have been clearing the Moscow-based cyber security company's products from the networks of U.S. federal agencies, a task that is now more-or-less completed.
Kaspersky has been under fire for potential connections to Russian espionage operations for the brunt of the year. She added that the company's software represented a "grave risk" to USA national security.
The firm in October offered to let the USA government see its software's source code and be subjected to independent inspection in future updates in order to address the concerns.
Kaspersky Labs may laugh this one off: its stuff has already mostly been erased by some U.S. government agencies, and it has closed its Washington DC office in anticipation of federal sales efforts being futile. In a statement, the company said that it "has serious concerns" about the law because of it "geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity".
The cyber authorities of the United Kingdom have also warned its national agency against using Kaspersky.
Last week Kasperksy announced plans to close its Washington office but open offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, Bloomberg News reported.
"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".