FBI questions US employees of Russian cyber firm Kaspersky Lab

Tammy Harvey
June 30, 2017

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who amended the spending bill to include Kaspersky, said in a statement that "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are alarming". There has been no public evidence offered, however, to substantiate accusations against the company, whose tools are found on computers throughout the U.S.

Officials within the US first revealed in May that they were reviewing whether they should use the software the company provides, since executives at Kaspersky Lab allegedly have connections to Russian military and intelligence agencies.

News reported earlier in the day, citing unnamed sources, that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had interviewed at least a dozen employees of Kaspersky Lab at their homes in the United States as part of a counter-intelligence inquiry.

The Untouchables visited the homes of Kaspersky employees in multiple USA cities for a quiet word.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab is very Russian, and the U.S. is very paranoid. The law will come into force if it approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

A consensus in Congress and among Trump administration officials believed Kaspersky "cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems vital to our nation's security", Shaheen said.

There doesn't appear to be hard evidence of a link, but there are worries that the United States isn't adequately vetting access agreements between Kaspersky and the third-party vendors that provide its tools to the American government.

The company has repeatedly insisted it poses no threat to US customers and would never allow itself to be used as a tool of the Russian government.

Kaspersky's anti-virus software is popular in the United States and around the world, though USA officials have always been suspicious that the company may have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

Eugene Kaspersky, the head of Kaspersky Lab, has himself said that he has no idea why the United States is targeting his company.

Kaspersky has said repeatedly it has no ties to any government and that allegations about its products being used to support Russian espionage are unfounded.

"For 20 years, Kaspersky Lab has been focused on protecting people and organizations from cyberthreats, and its headquarters' location doesn't change that mission", Kaspersky Lab said in its statement.

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