FBI wants private firms and government organizations to stop using Kaspersky
The FBI’s counterintelligence division has continued providing directions since the start of the year on a priority basis, prioritizing businesses in the electricity sector and those that use industrial control (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
In light of continuous cyber attacks upon the electric grid in Ukraine, the FBI has directed on this sector due to the significant infrastructure class assigned to it by the Department of Homeland Security.
Furthermore, the FBI has advised large U.S. tech companies that have running partnerships or business agreements with Kaspersky on products from routers to virtual machines that meet a wide range of American companies and civilians.
In the instructions, FBI executives give businesses a high-level summary of the threat evaluation, including what the U.S. intelligence community says are the Kaspersky’s broad and active links with Russian intelligence. FBI executives point to various specific allegations of wrongdoing by Kaspersky, such as a well-known example of supposedly faking malware.
In a report to News, a Kaspersky spokesperson criticized those selective prosecutions on “disappointed, former company employees, whose allegations are meritless” while FBI officials say, in private and away from public inspection, they know the event took place and was approved by the company’s leadership.
The FBI’s instructions have seen mixed results. Companies that employ ISC and SCADA systems have been nearly cooperative, one administration official told News, due in substantial part to what’s called as a great sense of urgency that dominates most other industries. Several of these organizations have quietly shifted ahead on the FBI’s sanctions against Kaspersky by, for example, signing deals with Kaspersky contenders.
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