Head of Kaspersky Lab to Testify Before US Congress

Head of Kaspersky Lab to Testify Before US Congress

Homeland Security says it fears Russian Federation could gain access to info that would put USA national security at risk.

Kaspersky products accounted for about 5.5 percent of anti-malware software products worldwide, according to research firm Statista.

In response to those admissions, the company issued a statement flatly denying the accusation of "inappropriate ties with any government". Kaspersky software is widely used by consumers in both free and paid versions, raising the question of whether those users should follow the US government's lead.

Duke directed all USA federal agencies and departments to stop using products or services supplied directly or indirectly by the Russian-owned and operated company.

The U.S. on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company's ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations.

While the government believes it poses a risk to national security many cyber experts believe Kaspersky continues to be a good option for consumers and that it probably poses no problems or threats.

"The US government has a duty to protect its information, and we can assume that this decision is based on careful consideration and evidence, some or much of which they have not made public", said Alex Hamerstone, Practice Lead for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance division at security consultant TrustedSec, in an email sent to Fox News.

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The direct financial impact of the decision will likely be minimal for Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's leading anti-virus software companies, which was founded in 1997 and now counts over 400 million global customers.

It also cites a Russian law that allows intelligence agencies to seek information from Kaspersky.

Best Buy recently pulled all Kaspersky software from its shelves. Kaspersky products will now be withdrawn from stores and the firm's website.

The government ban should alarm any company that has been relying on Kaspersky's software to protect its business, said Nate Fick, CEO of computer security specialist Endgame.

The hearing before the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will take place on 27 September and will also no doubt cover his company's alleged relationship with the Russian government. However, officials have not publicly disclosed which agencies exactly are using Kaspersky products.

Two sources familiar with the inquiries said Kaspersky has been most concerned about the probe of allegations that the company sabotaged competitors in the anti-virus industry through information-sharing programmes.