This Is HUGE: Trump Bans Kaspersky Anti-Virus

President Trump has signed into law legislation banning the U.S. government from using products made by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company accused of having ties with the Kremlin and facilitating its international espionage efforts.

The annual defense spending bill signed by the president on Tuesday [Dec. 12] includes a provision, Section 1634, prohibiting the federal government from using hardware, software or services developed or provided by Kaspersky Lab, reinforcing a multi-agency directive issued in September by the Department of Homeland Security amid concerns involving the company's antivirus software.

Following the DHS directive and a warning issued earlier this month by the U.K.'s top cybersecurity official, Mr. Trump's signature marks the latest effort by the U.S. and its allies to cut ties with Kaspersky as concerns swell surrounding its supposed ties to Russian intelligence, as tensions worsen between former Cold War foes.

Officials in both the U.S. and Britain have said they fear that Russia may exploit Kaspersky products to compromise information from targeted networks. Neither nation has provided specific examples, but recent reporting has indicated that Russian state-sponsored hackers leveraged a Kaspersky bug at least once to siphon classified secrets off the personal computer of a former U.S. National Security Agency employee.

"The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, a key proponent of the ban.

"This law is long overdue, and I appreciate the urgency of my bipartisan colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to remove this threat from government systems," she said in a statement.

Kaspersky has denied being in cahoots with Russian intelligence, but conceded that its antivirus software incidentally swept up an NSA hacking tool during a routine malware scan of a customer's computer...

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