Kaspersky Lab finds fears realized.
Moscow based cyber security company Kaspersky Lab have found themselves removed from two approved vendor lists of the US government. The U.S. General Services Administration, the agency in charge of deciding which vendors can be used in government acquisition, stated that the decision came after “careful consideration”.
This decision of course comes in the midst of the extreme focus on Russia after the conclusion of the US presidential election in 2016. The decision to remove Kaspersky Lab from the vendor lists are due to ongoing security concerns.
Kaspersky thinks that they have been “caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight where each side is attempting to use the company as a pawn in their political game.”
For their part, Kaspersky founder Eugene Kaspersky still states that they are a private company which has not done the bidding of any government, and is still offering to be interviewed by the U.S. Congress.