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US bans Kaspersky software

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 16:01, 21 June 2024  
US bans Kaspersky software

The US has announced to ban the sale of antivirus software made by Russian firm Kaspersky due to its alleged links to the Kremlin.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced this on Thursday.

Moscow’s influence over the company was found to pose a significant risk to US infrastructure and services. 

She said that the US was compelled to take action due to Russia’s ‘capacity and... intent to collect and weaponise the personal information of Americans’.

“Kaspersky will generally no longer be able to, among other activities, sell its software within the United States or provide updates to software already in use,” the Commerce Department said.

Kaspersky said it intended to pursue ‘all legally available options’ to fight the ban, and denied it engaged in any activity that threatened US security.

The plan uses broad powers created by the Trump administration to ban or restrict transactions between US firms and tech companies from "foreign adversary" nations like Russia and China.