The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a binding directive for all federal agencies demanding that they stop using Kaspersky software within 90 days due to concerns about the Russian company's relations with the Kremlin .
In a statement, DHS gives federal organizations 30 days to locate Kaspersky Lab's products in their networks and remove them in the next 60 days.
"This action is based on the security risks of information presented by the use of Kaspersky products in federal systems," DHS said.
"The company's products and Kaspersky Anti-Virus provide widespread access to files with increased privileges on computers where the software is installed, which can exploit malicious users to compromise these systems."
According to DHS, there are regulations under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence services to request or force Kaspersky Lab to access communications via Russian networks.
"The risk is that the Russian government, alone or in cooperation with Kaspersky, could exploit the access of Kaspersky Lab's products to infringing federal intelligence systems, which is directly related to US national security" .
DHS will allow Kaspersky to file a written request for any objections, and the Reuters reports that Kaspersky has already rejected allegations of espionage.
"There is no credible evidence publicly presented by any organization, and the charges are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions," Kaspersky Lab said.
In July, the Trump administration has withdrawn Kaspersky Lab from two approved lists sellers who used government services to purchase technology equipment.
Reuters then said that Kaspersky's products were removed from the GSA's list of suppliers for contracts covering information technology services and digital photo equipment.
However, according to the guidelines, government agencies were still able to use Kaspersky's products purchased separately from the GSA procurement process.
The move by the Ministry comes after accusations by the US intelligence services saying that Russia managed to invade Democratic Party e-mails, thus assisting Donald Trump's election victory, despite President Vladimir Putin declaring his country was not has ever dealt with hacking activities, but some "patriots."
Speaking with reporters in Sydney in June, Eugene Kaspersky said he would not be surprised to learn that there was a Russian intervention in the recent US elections.
"It is not surprising if there was interference from Russian hackers, unfortunately we have no data because we did not participate in the investigation," said Kaspersky Lab chief.
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