DHS To Federal Agencies: Remove Russian-Made Antivirus Software Within 90 Days

The Daily Caller | 7/29/2013 | Staff
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The Department of Homeland Security has banned the use of Russian-made antivirus software across all federal computer networks.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced in a binding directive issued Wednesday a total ban on the use of any products in the federal government engineered by AO Kaspersky Lab, a Russian-based company that develops antivirus software, among other things. Kaspersky’s headquarters is located in Moscow, but has locations all over the world.

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Now that U.S.-Russia relations have taken a turn for the worse after the U.S. intelligence community determined Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Kaspersky appears to be the latest casualty of the conflict.

The directive states that federal agencies must check their networks to see if they’re using any Kaspersky products within 30 days and fully remove them within 90 days.

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“This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems,” the DHS said in a statement. “Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software...
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