Kaspersky banned by the FCC: “threat to national security”

The Federal Communications Commission added Kaspersky Lab to a list of banned companies. The FCC alleges that the company is a threat to the national security of the United States.

At first glance, it doesn’t matter. It simply prevents the FCC from spending a “universal service” budget on Kaspersky products. But the optics are bad for Yevgeny Valentinovich “Eugene” Kaspersky (pictured) and his namesake company, thanks to those she shares this list with.

This is the first Russian company added to the list: so far it has mainly been questionable Chinese companies, such as Huawei. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we reflect on Eugene’s resemblance to Harold.

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What is craic? David Shepardson and Raphael Satter report—“FCC Adds Russian Kaspersky… To National Security Threat List”:

Malicious activity from Moscow
the [FCC] added Russian AO Kaspersky Lab … to its list of communications equipment and service providers considered threats to the national security of the United States, … mandated under a 2019 law. … The inclusion on the “covered list” means that money from the FCC’s $8 billion annual Universal Service Fund cannot be used to purchase or service the companies’ products. The fund supports telecommunications for rural areas, low-income consumers and facilities such as schools, libraries and hospitals.

U.S. officials have long said that using Kaspersky software could open U.S. networks to malicious activity from Moscow, and banned Kaspersky’s flagship antivirus product from federal networks in 2017. Moscow-based Kaspersky has consistently denied being a tool. of the Russian government. … FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said the agency is working closely with US national security agencies to update the list and will add other companies as needed.

Is this news? Emma Roth unearths the lede…”First Russian company on the list”:

Russian intelligence
It is the first time that a Russian company has been added to the list, which is also made up of Chinese companies, such as Huawei and ZTE. … In addition to Kaspersky, the FCC also added China Telecom and China Mobile International USA to its list.

In 2017, Russian intelligence services allegedly used Kaspersky antivirus software to steal classified documents from the National Security Agency, a claim denied by the Moscow-based company.

So Simon Sharwood runs with this angle—“First Russian Addition to FCC’s Very Bad List Seemingly Unrelated to the Illegal Invasion of Ukraine”:

Kaspersky is the first non-Chinese company to be added to the FCC’s list, but the agency did not link its decision to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. … Kaspersky commented on its new status with its usual arguments: The decision was political, rather than based on a technical evaluation of its products or public evidence of wrongdoing.

But what does Kaspersky say? Yevgeny Valentinovich’s PR gnomes doodle like this—”Kaspersky Statement on FCC Public Notice”:

Kaspersky is disappointed with the decision, [which] is made for political reasons. … Kaspersky believes [it] is a response to the geopolitical climate rather than a full assessment of the integrity of Kaspersky’s products and services. … Kaspersky … has made it clear that it has no connection with any government, including that of Russia.

Yes, but that’s not the point, said Darinbob:

Kaspersky is in Russia. Putin has absolute power there, and there is no way of knowing whether he insisted on the software being used to hijack foreign computers or not.

Its a question of confidence. evil has first-hand experience:

I stopped using Kaspersky several years ago. The version I tried totally destroyed your system security by installing its own root signing key in your truststore and giving it full permissions. Then he intercepted all supposedly secure communications.

They insisted that it was necessary to protect you from viruses. I was not okay enough to erase this system and start over.

And on the other side of the curtain, here is cupcakezealotExperience :

I worked at Kaspersky. … I don’t think Eugene is a particularly bad guy, but conforming to Putin’s laws would make him suspect.

Stop your closing session. Binraider go harder:

Kaspersky was pretty good. However, I dropped that recommendation when senior executives got caught up in covering up completely indefensible behavior (think Worst Uses of the Internet). … The money talks inside Vlad’s Russia, hence the cover-up and only a token police investigation.

Meanwhile, gweihir knows the real reason for ban:

The NSA absolutely hates Kaspersky sabotaging its espionage.

And finally:

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Sauce picture: Yevgeny Valentinovich Kaspersky (cc:by-nc-sa)

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