U.S. Officials Warn That Moscow Could Manipulate Kaspersky Software to Cause Harm
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According to a senior U.S. official and two people familiar with the matter, the U.S. government began privately warning some American companies the day after Russia invaded Ukraine that Moscow could manipulate software designed by Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky to cause harm.
The senior official said that Russian law enforcement or intelligence agencies could coerce Kaspersky's Russia-based staff into providing or helping establish remote access to their customers' computers. A Kaspersky spokeswoman said that the briefings would be "further damaging" to Kaspersky’s reputation "without allowing the company to respond directly to such concerns" and that it "is not appropriate or just."
The U.S. government has long suspected Kaspersky of being a national security risk, banning its products from federal information systems in 2017. Last week, the Fede…
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