Washington, March 27 (IANS) The United States has listed Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs as an entity that poses an “unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.”
This is the first time a Russian company has been added to the list, which consists of Chinese tech giants like Huawei and ZTE (HK:).
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has added Kaspersky to its Covered List, which identifies entities that pose an unacceptable risk to the nation’s national security.
Specifically, the Commission added three new entities to the list: China Mobile International USA, China Telecom (Americas) and Kaspersky Labs.
“I am pleased that our national security agencies agreed with my assessment that China Mobile and China Telecom appear to meet the threshold necessary to add these entities to our list,” said FCC Commissioner Brendan’s office. Carr, in a statement.
“Their addition, along with Kaspersky Labs, will help secure our networks against threats posed by Chinese and Russian state-backed entities seeking to engage in espionage and harm U.S. interests,” he added. .
Kaspersky said it was disappointed with the FCC’s decision to prohibit the use of certain federal telecommunications-related subsidies to purchase Kaspersky products and services.
“This decision is not based on any technical evaluation of Kaspersky products – something the company constantly advocates for – but rather is made for political reasons,” the Russian company said in a statement on Saturday evening.
Entities that are on the FCC list are not eligible to receive assistance through the agency’s Universal Service Fund.
“The FCC’s decision to add these three entities is supported by recommendations from the executive branch agencies responsible for the national security of the United States,” he added.
Kaspersky said it will continue to assure its partners and customers of the quality and integrity of its products, and remains ready to cooperate with US government agencies to address concerns from the FCC and any other regulatory agencies.