The FCC has classified the Russian company Kaspersky as a national security threat to the United States.
Kaspersky Labs is blacklisted by the FCC.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has listed cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab as “posing an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security.” This is reported by the Bloomberg news agency. In Germany, the BSI had warned against using Kaspersky software and the manufacturer vehemently defends itself against the allegations.
Blacklist of Chinese companies
Chinese companies such as ZTE and Huawei have ended up on the FCC’s blacklist in recent months and years. China Mobile International USA and China Telecom also joined on Friday. Kaspersky is the first Russian company to target the FCC. Businesses in the United States are prohibited from purchasing blacklisted company products and services with federal grants from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund.
Incidentally, Kaspersky does not officially see itself as a “Russian company”. On its own website, the company, which was founded in Russia, emphasizes that it is an “international company” with its headquarters in Great Britain.
“The addition of these companies, as well as Kaspersky Labs, will help protect our networks from threats posed by Chinese and Russian state-backed companies attempting to spy and otherwise harm America’s interests,”
explains FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
Kaspersky is disappointed
Kaspersky sees himself wrongly punished and classifies the decision as politically motivated.
“This decision is not based on a technical evaluation of Kaspersky products – which the company constantly champions – but is made for political reasons,”
according to an official statement from the company. Kaspersky remains ready to work with government agencies to address FCC and US government concerns.
Trump bans Kaspersky software from federal agencies
Five years ago, the Russian secret service was accused of using Kaspersky antivirus software to steal classified NSA (National Security Agency) documents. Kaspersky denied these allegations then and now. In 2017, then-US President Donald Trump passed legislation banning federal agencies from using Kaspersky products.