Kaspersky banned in the United States

The United States government has imposed a ban on Russian antivirus maker Kaspersky due to data security concerns, citing fears of potential ties to the Kremlin. This move, reminiscent of previous bans on Chinese products like TikTok and Huawei under former President Donald Trump, reflects ongoing tensions and suspicions regarding foreign tech companies.

Sources suggest the ban may be temporary, allowing Kaspersky time to appeal. However, analysts speculate the decision could be influenced by pressure from domestic security firms in the USA and UK.

The White House has raised alarms over Kaspersky potentially being used for espionage by Russia, an accusation vehemently denied by the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky.

The good part is that all existing customers will be getting enough support for the software to carry out its usual operations until September 29th of 2024. And the ban is only applicable to the sale of the software in the American market.

An official statement has been released on this note on Thursday by Department of Commerce that stressed on the fact that all the private and public entities should start installing alternatives, before the ban could be imposed on a larger note after the above stated time-period that spans around 3 months.

Tensions between Russia and the West, exacerbated by conflicts such as the war in Ukraine, have strained relations significantly. Western nations are increasingly cautious about supporting Russia due to concerns over military aid and geopolitical influence.

Kaspersky has long been respected for defending against various cyber threats, including trojans and malware. The sudden US ban may severely impact its global operations unless other countries like the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand follow suit.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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