but what do we really blame Kaspersky in the United States for?

but what do we really blame Kaspersky in the United States for?
but what do we really blame Kaspersky in the United States for?

Accused of being close to Russian intelligence services and trained at the KGB High School, Eugene Kaspersky, the founder and CEO of the eponymous company, is certainly the main fear of Americans.

A “stunning” announcement. The United States does it on a recurring basis, but the latest one has surprised more than one. Joe Biden’s administration on Thursday banned the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky from selling its products across the Atlantic.

This Russian multinational, one of the leaders in the field of IT security tools, provides antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other products to more than 400 million users and 270,000 companies worldwide. No small feat.

If it is very popular in the United States, the Biden administration does not share the same opinion. For the latter, it is “national security” that is at stake, reports CNN. The conclusion of a long investigation led by the Americans.

What the Russian giant is first criticized for is its alleged proximity to the Kremlin. Its founder and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, graduated from the KGB Higher School (before its dissolution in November 1991). This same school which trains Russian spies for, now, “FSB” (the Russian Federal Security Service).

He then became an engineer at the Russian Ministry of Defense. In 2012, Wired raised the possibility that Eugene Kaspersky retained “close ties with Russian security services.” Three years later, Bloomberg even accused him of sharing the data collected by his company with the FSB.

Relations with the FSB?

In 2018, the Netherlands pointed the finger at Kaspersky for cyber espionage in the pay of Moscow. The Dutch government had also decided to ban all technologies from the multinational from its IT infrastructures.

Eugène Kaspersky has always denied these accusations and advocates deep respect for security rules around personal data.

His company says it does not engage in activities that threaten U.S. national security and highlights its contributions to protecting against various threat actors targeting U.S. interests and its allies.

She strongly criticizes this decision by the United States, saying that it is based on the current geopolitical climate.

A cold war between three ideologies

The cybersecurity sector is indeed in the grip of a sort of cold war between three great powers, recalls a cybersecurity expert to Tech&Co. The United States, China and Russia.

The desire of several American officials to ban Tiktok from the country should be seen in the same light. According to them, Tiktok like Kaspersky are gateways for spies and manipulators… directly into Americans’ phones.

The U.S. Commerce Department strongly encourages users to switch antivirus providers, although its decision does not prohibit use of the software for those who choose to continue with it.

Kaspersky is authorized to continue certain operations in the United States, including the provision of antivirus updates, until September 29, to minimize disruption to American consumers and businesses and to give them time to find alternatives appropriate.

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