White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce recently told CBS News that he does not use antivirus software from Kaspersky Lab, and he warned other consumers against using the company’s products, as well. Joyce and other U.S. officials have concerns about the company’s suspected ties to Russian intelligence.
CBS News confirmed that FBI officials have discussed these concerns with those in the private sector. This follows a similar CyberScoop report from last week, which referred to those private briefings as “part of an escalating conflict between the U.S. government and Kaspersky.”
Kaspersky made a statement to CyberScoop, saying its company has “been caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight.” A Kaspersky rep told the site, “The company doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against Kaspersky Lab.”
Kaspersky Lab has long been a big name in cybersecurity, and the company’s official Twitter bio claims it “is the world’s largest privately held vendor of Internet security solutions for businesses and consumers.”