Is Kaspersky a "Red" Herring ?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by wtsinnc, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. clubhouse1

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  2. cruelsister

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    Liars. There is evidence. It is just not public.
     
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    "U.S. bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage.

    The U.S. government on Wednesday banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to U.S. officials...

    Acting Homeland Security secretary Elaine Duke ordered that Kaspersky Lab software be barred from federal government networks, ...Duke ordered the scrub on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

    The directive comes months after the federal General Services Administration, the agency in charge of government purchasing, removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors. In doing so, the GSA suggested a vulnerability exists in Kaspersky that could give the Kremlin backdoor access to the systems the company protects...

    At least a half-dozen federal agencies run Kaspersky on their networks, the U.S. officials said, although there may be other networks where an agency’s chief information security officer — the official ultimately responsible for systems security — might not be aware it is being used...

    Richard Ledgett, former NSA deputy director, hailed the move. .. he noted that Kaspersky, like other Russian companies, is 'bound to comply with the directive of Russian state security services, by law, to share with them information from their servers'...

    The directive will also put pressure on state and local governments that use Kaspersky’s products....”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...b717d0-989e-11e7-82e4-f1076f6d6152_story.html
     
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  4. deBoetie

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    Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Symantec, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco....etc, like other US companies, are 'bound to comply with the directive of US state security services, by law, to share with them information from their servers'.

    In the UK, the Investigatory Powers Act demands that all Communications Services Providers (anyone who provides software or facilities including communication, IOW all software vendors), have to comply (under gag), with orders made by the government - which is leading quite a few start-ups to decamp to less hostile jurisdictions.
     
  5. RockLobster

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    Over 120 companies use Kaspersky's antivirus engine under licence in their own software, including Microsoft. Is the government going to ban them too?
     
  6. PEllis

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    You can add Total Defense to that list as well. They are offering 50% off for Kaspersky customers.
     
  7. Rasheed187

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    I also don't trust it. AV's are the perfect spying tool.

    Good question.
     
  8. ArchiveX

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    Oh, yeah. :thumb:
     
  9. Marcelo

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    If this goes on I will have no American software in my potential buying list... I hope Symantec won't follow suite. I have always respected them...
     
  10. RockLobster

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    So the only way the US Government has of dealing with the potential security issue of AV software that sends telemetry back to its servers is to instigate a public hate campaign against the software vendor?
    Great.
    Did it not occur to them that ALL anti malware products do the same and therefore ANY anti malware product installed in a Government network with internet access is inherently insecure?
    Did it also not occur to them that if Kaspersky was a popular choice amongst government IT people then maybe they ought to contact Kaspersky to discuss the possibility of a security critical version of the AV that does not send telemetry outside the network?
    Or perhaps put to tender a contract to provide AV for the US Government with criteria that included no telemetry ?
    But hell, why do all that when a hate campaign against the Russians is so much more...... Hateful!!
    I mean really, its bad enough to have created a society that favors wealth over intelligence but doesn't that seem so much worse when those who are in positions of authority because of that fact, demonstrate both their ignorance and their abject stupidity, unashamedly to the entire world!!
     
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