Best Buy Cuts Ties With Moscow-Based Kaspersky Lab

11 September, 2017, 18:49 | Author: Patsy Dennis
  • Report: Best Buy has stopped selling security software from Russian firm

Eugene Kaspersky has already said, in his own name and that of the company, that the rumours are complete golubtsy and that in the question of whether they colluded with Moscow, the answer is knish.

The retailer has pulled all Kaspersky products from the shelves after a series of claims that they could be under the influence of the Russian government.

While Kaspersky Labs has a positive reputation among its 400 million users and is known as a world-renowned cybersecurity firm, Best Buy heeded congressional warnings.

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The report was confirmed by a Best Buy spokeswoman who declined to provide further details. There are now no open reports on Russian intelligence ties, but it is believed its CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, is directly linked to the Kremlin. Kaspersky tweeted that its products are available through other retailers and said that while its relationship with Best Buy is suspended, it "may be re-evaluated in the future".

In July, the U.S. administration had removed Kaspersky from its lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to acquire technology equipment.

The effort appears to be having an effect, with United States retailer Best Buy confirming that they have removed the antivirus application from their shelves, Reuters reports, saying there were "too many unanswered questions" regarding their ties to the government.

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The U.S. Congress and intelligence community has strongly advised discontinuing the use of Kaspersky products.

Kaspersky said the reported briefings were "extremely disappointing" given that the company is "law-abiding and ethical".

Kaspersky has denied ties with any government and said it would not support cyber espionage.

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