Head of Kaspersky Lab to Testify Before US Congress

Eugene Kaspersky chief executive of Russia’s Kaspersky Lab at his company’s headquarters in Moscow

In May, the USA intelligence community, including the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, united to voice suspicion of Kaspersky Labs products.

"When they say we have strong ties with Russian espionage it's not true", he told me via a video call from Argentina. The company reportedly claims to have more than 400 million users worldwide, according to The New York Times. In addition to its widely used antivirus software, it also holds a robust business analyzing and investigating cyberthreats.

The U.S. government on Wendesday chose to remove any software of Kaspersky Lab from all government agencies' computer system.

Washington's recent attacks on Kaspersky Lab is seen by Moscow as an attempt to undermine efforts to rebuild a working relationship to combat terrorism and to initiate unfair competition in the information field and software market.

But that's not the end of it.

McClatchy reported in July that documents it viewed appeared to show a link between Kaspersky and the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

The company said Wednesday that it would work to "to provide additional information to [Homeland Security] in order to confirm that these allegations are completely unfounded".

The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company's products by government.

Eugene Kaspersky says USA users have nothing to fear from his company, despite a government ban. Within 60 days, they must develop plans to remove that software. Kaspersky products will now be withdrawn from stores and the firm's website. The company responded by claiming that it doesn't "have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against the company".

"As I've said before, it's not popular to be Russian right now in some countries, but we can not change our roots, and frankly, having these roots do not make us guilty".

After Russian hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, potential cybercrimes have become the center of attention for government agencies.

"The U.S. government has been looking at Kaspersky for years, so this announcement is no real surprise to anyone". Kaspersky has been answering questions about any connections to the Kremlin for several months and repeatedly states that there is no connection.

Shaheen has been working to pass a government-wide ban on Kaspersky software, which would effectively make the directive the law. Kaspersky expressed disappointment at the U.S. decision and claimed the company was being used as a pawn in a political game.

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