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>> The Trump Administration telling all US government agencies on Wednesday to remove from their networks any products made by Kaspersky Lab. Saying the Russian-based cybersecurity firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. Reuters cybersecurity correspondent, Joseph Men, is following the story.>> The Kaspersky situation is a complicated one. They are generally regarded technically as extremely good.
And in particular, they're very talented at detecting and unraveling major nation state sponsored malware campaigns. On the other hand, they also work pretty closely with Russian Law Enforcement and the FSB. This is a pretty dramatic step. There have been concerns about Kaspersky's capabilities and allegiances for years. And this has come bubbling to a head just in the past year or two.
>> The Department of Homeland Security giving agencies three months to stop using all Kaspersky software, citing two main concerns. One being ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence. The second being requirements under Russian law that allow intelligence agents to force Kaspersky to spy on its customers.>> It's clear that they do some services on behalf of Russian intelligence.
And there's been an increasing concern that if they analyze software for Russian intelligence, they could do other things as well. For example, pull files off the computers of prominent or important American citizens.>> Democrats in the US Senate applauding the decision from the White House. Which follows an election year marred by allegations that Moscow weaponized the Internet in an attempt to influence its outcome.
In a statement, Kaspersky Labs saying, the accusations are quote, based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.