The US government ends any collaboration with Kaspersky, after the Moscow-based company has been accused of collaborating with the Russian intelligence services
The US Department of Homeland Security has ordered other official departments and government agencies to uninstall the Kaspersky antivirus system, writes BBC.
The department suspects the Moscow-based company is having ties with the Russian intelligence services.
The news was announced before a deliberation in the Senate was organized earlier this week, during which the US senators have decided to ban the use of any product developed by Kaspersky.
Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly rejected the allegations.
Unfortunately for the Russian tech giant, the rumor has prompted a significant number of US retailers to withdraw Kaspersky Lab products from sale.
Kaspersky has more than 400 million customers around the world, but has failed to become an important US cyber security provider.
Interim Secretary of Internal Security Elaine Duke has given 90 days to the targeted institutions to uninstall and replace the software.
“The Department is concerned about the links between some Kaspersky representatives, the Russian intelligence (services) and other government agencies”, mentioned a US official in a press release.
There is “a risk that the Russian Government will act alone or in collaboration with Kaspersky, using the access offered by Kaspersky products and compromise federal information and intelligence systems that directly involve US national security”.