US Pulls Kaspersky Products Due to Kremlin-Required Monitoring Tech
The US General Services Administration (GSA) has withdrawn the Russia-based Kaspersky Lab products, services and equipment from its approved list because of the monitoring equipment they install required by Russian law, according to GSA Office of Strategic Communication.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US General Services Administration (GSA) has withdrawn the Russia-based Kaspersky Lab products, services and equipment from its approved list because of the monitoring equipment they install required by Russian law, GSA Office of Strategic Communication spokesperson Donna Garland told Sputnik.
“GSA has canceled schedule contracts in part or in their entirety in the past, and in this case, the applicability of System of Operational-Investigative Measures (SORM) laws to Kaspersky Labs, combined with other available information, supported GSA’s decision to exercise the cancellation clause,” Garland stated on Wednesday.
The Kremlin regrets the United States government’s limit on the use of Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab products, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday as he vowed to protect its interests.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision was reportedly made earlier this week over company’s alleged ties with Russian intelligence services.
“We regret such decisions, but on the other hand the company has the necessary legal arsenal to defend its interests,” Peskov told reporters. “But Russia as a state will also continue to do everything possible to protect the interests of our companies.”
Commenting on the General Service Administration’s reported removal of Kaspersky Lab products from the list of approved vendors for government agencies to purchase technology, he said “we certainly know that this is a politicized decision.”
“This is a commercial company, it provides commercial services and not only competitive commercial services, but competitive commercial services around the world.”