FBI Interviews Americans Working For Russian Cybersecurity Firm, Says Report

Posted June 30, 2017

The US Senate has drafted a budget provision for the Defense Department that would ban it from using software by Russia-based global cybersecurity leader Kaspersky Lab, US media reported.

The US military could be prohibited from using Kaspersky Lab's security products under a proposal being considered by the US Senate.

The company rejects any claim that it is a tool of the Russian government.

She reportedly added that there was a consensus in Congress and Trump officials who believe Kaspersky "cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems vital to our nation's security", Shaheen is quoted as saying.

The Untouchables visited the homes of Kaspersky employees in multiple USA cities for a quiet word.

Reuters said no warrants were served and the security firm later confirmed its staffers had a number of "due diligence" conversations with agents.

Kaspersky told Reuters that some of its staffers did have some "brief interaction" with some Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and suggested that they were "due diligence" chats.

As ABC News was first to report more than a month ago, based on sources familiar with the investigation, the FBI has recently been taking new steps to assess Kaspersky Lab's relationship with Russian intelligence services. We are not sure how that works.

The US government is reviewing whether to continue using Kaspersky's anti-malware software in its offices, with unsubstantiated claims floating around to the effect that Russian Federation is using the software to spy on the US. And Kaspersky founder and Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky has gone on the record previously that he would be willing to appear before the Senate to dispel any security concerns.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who amended the spending bill to include the Kaspersky language, said in a statement that "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming".

Lawmakers raised concerns that Moscow might use the firm's products to attack American computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to interfere in the 2016 presidential election campaign. The company has a 20-year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations.

The investigative agency, however, has not yet contacted the company.