Kaspersky Lab, famous Russian cybersecurity company was removed from the list of allowed vendors government agencies can use to get technology-related services by the General Services Administration.
The GSA spokesperson told, “GSA’s priorities are to ensure the integrity and security of U.S. government systems and networks and evaluate products and services available on our contracts using supply chain risk management processes.”
At the moment Kaspersky is under FBI investigation, also Senate Intelligence Committee is examining its ties to Kremlin, they said this process is an “important national security issue.”
FBI has been interviewing American workers from Kaspersky for a moth now. Kaspersky spokesperson said the company was not officially approached or notified by the bureau about an investigation.” He added that Kaspersky Lab has nothing to to with Kremlin.
“The company has a 20 year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations,” was said in the statement given to Business Insider by the spokesperson.
Kaspersky’s services will still be allowed to use, but outside of GSA contracts. Having in mind that Kaspersky products are use all over the America, officials are worried that Russia could obtain some sensitive informations on users and critical infrastructure.
In the last few years Russia was always in the center of cyberattacks. Beside interfering the US election, it is believed that Russia stands behind numerous cyberattacks in Ukraine.
A massive cyberattack occurred in 2015 when around 250,000 Ukrainians lost power. Some experts connected the attacks to Russia. It is reported that since then in Ukraine happened numerous cyberattacks on some corporations and government agencies. Some also believe that Russia is behind “Petya” cyberattack that struck corporations and countries across the globe.
Russia is also linked to a number of US nuclear facilities attacks. Although attacks are only limited to nuclear facilities they raise alarm because they could be first step in attacking whole US power grid. That pattern was used in Ukraine attacks.
Alex McGeorge, the head of threat intelligence at Immunity Inc., thinks that the US should revenge by picking key players in Russian cyber industry. The Trump administration’s move against Kaspersky looks just like that.
“The intelligence community has come out and said there’s internal evidence saying Kaspersky is not playing fair and can’t really be trusted,” McGeorge stated. “It would send a good message and be a clear statement to Russia if the US government responded in kind and took aim exactly at the Russian cyber industry. That’s what a deterrent would look like.”