Russian Federation says Kaspersky removal in U.S. delays bilateral ties recovery

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A key congressional panel has asked the CEO of Kaspersky Lab to testify before lawmakers, one day after the US government barred federal agencies from using software produced by the Russian-origin cyber firm over national security concerns. "They only move back the prospects of bilateral ties recovery", the embassy said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

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

The company denied the allegations.

Security experts told Fox News that they were not surprised by the DHS move.

"I think that Russian [companies] should wake up to reality and start including a possible loss of the U.S. market in their business plans", Bruter added. Kaspersky's software is widely used by state governments, but also ordinary Americans.

In July, the General Services Administration, the agency in charge of government purchasing, removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors.

Huawei, however, does sell phones in the USA consumer market.

Starting Sept. 13, agencies have 30 days to identify Kaspersky products installed on their systems, 60 days to come up with a plan to remove those products, and 90 days to start getting rid of the products unless told otherwise.

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Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder and chief executive of Moscow-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, said on Sept 14 that he accepted an invitation to testify to United States lawmakers later this month over the security of his company's products, but that he needed an expedited visa in order to do so. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act this week that would ban Kaspersky software from any federal computer. The Laboratory also stressed that it will provide the US Department of Homeland Security with all necessary information and is sure that further investigation will confirm that the charges are not justified.

Shaheen welcomed the DHS move in a tweet on Wednesday.

DHS has given Kaspersky 90 days to provide proof that its products are not facilitating espionage for Russian Federation or to offer mitigating measures.

The decision represents a sharp response to what US intelligence agencies have described as a national security threat posed by Russian Federation in cyberspace, following an election year marred by allegations that Moscow weaponized the internet in an attempt to influence its outcome.

"No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organisation as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including the claims about Russian regulations and policies impacting the company", he said.

Shaheen has been working to pass a government-wide ban on Kaspersky software, which would effectively make the directive the law. "I guess this explains it all "Guilty 'til proven innocent, jailed 'til you clear your name" Welcome to 21st century", he wrote Thursday.

Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has previously scrutinized the federal government's use of Kaspersky anti-virus software.

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.

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