Kaspersky named first Russian company on security risk list


The US has added AO Kaspersky Lab, a Russian internet security business, to a list of corporations deemed a national security concern, marking the first time a Russian organisation has been added to a list dominated by Chinese telecoms enterprises. China Telecom (Americas) Corp. and China Mobile International USA Inc. were also put to the list by the Federal Communications Commission on 25th March.

Federal subsidies cannot be utilised to acquire a company’s equipment or services once it has been placed on the list.


According to Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC’s chairperson, the measure is part of the agency’s efforts to “strengthen America’s communications networks against national security threats.” She had previously warned of potential cyber strikes in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Kaspersky is a well-known anti-virus software company that has investigated a number of nation-state hacking cases. On its website, it claims to be the world’s biggest privately held cybersecurity firm. It claims to safeguard over 400 million users and 240,000 businesses.

In a statement, Kaspersky said it was “disappointed” by the FCC’s move, which it described as “a reaction to the geopolitical atmosphere rather than a complete examination of Kaspersky’s goods and services.”


The business stated, “Kaspersky will continue to ensure its partners and consumers on the quality and integrity of its goods.”

In 2017, the US government prohibited the use of Kaspersky software in federal computer networks, citing worries about the security firm’s ties to the Russian government and espionage attempts.

In 2017, a White House official stated that having Kaspersky software on US networks was a “intolerable danger.” “FSB, Russia’s major intelligence agency, is required by Russian law to engage with the firm.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Friday that the 2017 action convinced them that “Kaspersky-branded devices pose an unacceptable danger to national security.” “of the United States.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the FCC has increased its emphasis on Russian telecoms. In view of cyberthreats emanating from the conflict, Rosenworcel requested an investigation of the internet’s global routing system’s vulnerabilities on Feb. 25.

Rosenworcel announced on March 16 that the agency had finished an investigation of Russian interests in US communications networks and had communicated its findings with national security officials. She remained tight-lipped about the situation.

The FCC said it updated the list on Friday based on conclusions from the Department of Homeland Security and the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, an executive branch interagency group.


“Risk that the Russian government, acting alone or in concert with Kaspersky, might use access offered by Kaspersky products to breach federal information and information systems,” the Department of Homeland Security said in 2017.

At the time, Kaspersky denied having “improper relations with any government” and attacked the US decision as being “based on false charges and erroneous assumptions, including statements regarding the influence of Russian rules and policies.”

Last year, the FCC added five Chinese corporations to the list. Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. were among the companies involved.

The FCC had already restricted the Chinese businesses on the list from doing business in the United States. China Telecom was kicked out of the FCC in October, while China Mobile’s application to provide phone service was rejected in 2019 due to security concerns.




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