Kaspersky Lab head summoned to US Congress for testimony

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

Russia calls US ban on Kaspersky products 'regrettable' (Lead)

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security directed federal agencies and departments to identify any Kaspersky software on their information systems and come up plans to discontinue the use of the software. The firm has about 400 million customers worldwide.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

The DHS recently ordered all U.S. agencies to remove products from the Russia-based Kaspersky Lab from their systems within 90 days.

"The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks", Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement.

Officials say that the prominent company poses a threat to USA national security and have given government agencies and departments 90 days to get rid of Kaspersky Lab software.

Also in July, the United States government's General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors.

The Order, the Department admitted, wasn't based on any hard evidence of compromise or potential compromise - merely the supposed "links" between Kaspersky and the Russian government. In a tweet, Kaspersky Lab said that the two companies have "suspended" their relationship, which they said may be "re-evaluated" in the future. The Defense Department does not use Kaspersky products anyway, as officials explained.

The repercussions of this possible tie between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence could be futile in their impact, especially in the states. Best Buy has also announced that it will no longer sell Kaspersky software.

The Science, Space and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives Science said on Thursday that it invited Kaspersky to testify on September 27, along with a number of US government and private sector cyber experts.

During a Senate hearing in May, American security officials including the chiefs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency were asked if they were comfortable having Kaspersky software running on their organizations' computers.

The government has suggested that the objective of this hearing is to conduct "oversight of the cybersecurity posture of the federal government, and examine the extent to which the federal government utilizes your company's [Kaspersky] products".

Kaspersky claims that his company is at the centre of a geopolitical tussle between the USA and Russia, with Kaspersky arguably the most high-profile Russian technology company and, hence, an easy target.

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