Ukraine war sees Biden administration probe into Kaspersky Lab intensify

midian182

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In brief: The Biden administration has been ramping up the pressure on antivirus software giant Kaspersky Lab since the start of the Ukraine war over fears Russia could use its products to spy on western governments, agencies, and companies.

Reuters reports that the US launched a security probe into Kaspersky Lab last year. It was referred to the Commerce Department by the Department of Justice, but Commerce made little progress on the case.

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, however, the White House urged the Commerce Department to move forward with the probe as it feared federal contractors and operators of critical US infrastructure who use Kaspersky Lab software could be at risk of infiltration.

The White House was quick to take action against Kaspersky Lab following Russia's actions. It became the first Russian company added to the FCC list of entities deemed an unacceptable threat to US national security in March. The designation came soon after Germany warned its citizens to stop using the company's software, something Kaspersky Lab said was "a response to the geopolitical climate rather than a comprehensive evaluation of the integrity of Kaspersky's products and services."

Kaspersky Lab was under the microscope of suspicion long before the Ukraine invasion. It faced claims in 2017 over a possible compromise of its source code by Moscow, and President Trump banned the use of its antivirus products on federal government machines in the same year, for which the company filed a lawsuit.

Precisely what extra measures the US could take against Kaspersky Lab as a result of the probe's findings are unclear, though there's always the possibility that its products will be banned entirely in the United States.

Kaspersky Lab has long denied it has any links to or could be coerced by the Russian government. The company says it moved its data-processing infrastructure to Switzerland in 2018.

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Bullwinkle M

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"The White House was quick to take action against Kaspersky Lab following Russia's actions. It became the first Russian company added to the FCC list of entities deemed an unacceptable threat to US national security in March."
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The White house is totally incompetent

Kaspersky software has been a National Security threat for more than a decade and it was banned from all systems under my control way back then when I first tested their AV products

I banned them YEARS before Kaspersky 1st exfiltrated NSA hacking tools from U.S. systems
 

scavengerspc

Posts: 2,598   +2,813
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Remember when we were told Benghazi was all about a youtube video.
And that was about all the whiny right got to.



You righties need to catch up.
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 6,308   +7,247
And that was about all the whiny right got to.



You righties need to catch up.


We will catch up!

In November of this year and of 2024.

I promise.
 

Godel

Posts: 298   +188
I banned them YEARS before Kaspersky 1st exfiltrated NSA hacking tools from U.S. systems
Kaspersky didn't "exfiltrate" anything. The fault lay ENTIRELY with that imbecile contractor who violated all security protocols at the NSA and brought classified information home and put it on his home machine which was running Kaspersky.

Kaspersky then did the job that he bought it for, which was running frequent scans for things that look like malware. When the program found something suspicious it uploaded it for a more thorough inspection. This is the the same procedure carried out by all the major anti-virus programs, but on Kaspersky it must be selected as an OPTION by ticking a box at install time.

That said, it is only prudent for all major government, banks, educational institutions etc to stop using Kaspersky just out of reasonable caution. The company is still at risk of of Putin putting a gun to their head, and making an offer that they can't refuse.
 

captaincranky

Posts: 18,745   +7,684
Unlike me, Putin actually cares about Ukraine and isn’t trying to “flatten it”.
Now you're just trolling. Next you'll tell us that the photos of Mariopol are "fake news". You should buy some stock in Ukrainian apartments, schools, hospitals, and train stations. You do, after all, have stock in practically everything else.

Or perhaps the US media used the raw graphics processing power of their 2 GTX-3090s.to create those obviously fake photos.
 

Crinkles

Posts: 245   +220
Now you're just trolling. Next you'll tell us that the photos of Mariopol are "fake news". You should buy some stock in Ukrainian apartments, schools, hospitals, and train stations. You do, after all, have stock in practically everything else.

This guy could have been a virologist in a previous internet life, you know. How's it going Cranky?

Or perhaps the US media used the raw graphics processing power of their 2 GTX-3090s.to create those obviously fake photos.

They're not faked. I saw them on twitter before man-boy interloper arrived.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 697   +669
Now you're just trolling. Next you'll tell us that the photos of Mariopol are "fake news". You should buy some stock in Ukrainian apartments, schools, hospitals, and train stations. You do, after all, have stock in practically everything else.

Or perhaps the US media used the raw graphics processing power of their 2 GTX-3090s.to create those obviously fake photos.

QuantumPhysics is somewhat notorious here as a troll; don't take anything he says seriously.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 697   +669
How did that Russia collusion investigation along with the fake impeachment work out.

Well, the collusion investigation found it more likely then not that Trump colluded with Russia, and found direct evidence of several dozen people directly under him did directly collude with Russia. The investigation did not find any "smoking gun" that Trump personally colluded with Russia, but there's more then enough evidence on aggregate to conclude collusion did in fact happen.

As for the impeachment, Trump remains the only President in US history to have a member of his own party vote in favor of impeachment. Which in the current political climate should tell you all you need to know.
 

Bullwinkle M

Posts: 709   +601
Kaspersky didn't "exfiltrate" anything. The fault lay ENTIRELY with that imbecile contractor who violated all security protocols at the NSA and brought classified information home and put it on his home machine which was running Kaspersky.

Kaspersky then did the job that he bought it for, which was running frequent scans for things that look like malware.
Point taken
However that was not the reason for my banning Kaspersky products over a decade ago

It was and still remains a security risk regardless of the point you made
 

AlaskaGuy

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Well, the collusion investigation found it more likely then not that Trump colluded with Russia, and found direct evidence of several dozen people directly under him did directly collude with Russia. The investigation did not find any "smoking gun" that Trump personally colluded with Russia, but there's more then enough evidence on aggregate to conclude collusion did in fact happen.

As for the impeachment, Trump remains the only President in US history to have a member of his own party vote in favor of impeachment. Which in the current political climate should tell you all you need to know.
 

Crinkles

Posts: 245   +220

From that page, adding detail for a closer look.

[Trimmed] "agreed to pay $113,000 to settle (with the) Federal Election Commission" according to documents / complaint FROM 2018 accusing the Democrats of misreporting payments made to a law firm", "the campaign hired Perkins Coie, which then hired Fusion GPS, research on Trump’s ties to Russia the Clinton campaign had classified the spending as legal services."

“By intentionally obscuring their payments through Perkins Coie and failing to publicly disclose the true purpose of those payments,” the campaign and DNC “were able to avoid publicly reporting on their statutorily required FEC disclosure forms", "The Clinton campaign and DNC had argued that the payments had been described accurately, but agreed, according to the documents, to settle without conceding to avoid further legal costs, they agreed to a civil penalty of $8,000 and the DNC $105,000"

The documents have not been made public and FEC spokeswoman Judith Ingram said the FEC has 30 days after parties are notified about enforcement matters to release them

All this broughhahaha was about, was a line item classification on a form. A Big Nothing Veggie Burger.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 697   +669
Oh look, a classic deflection tactic to try and hide the fact you didn't (and couldn't) refute any of the points I made above.

And I note all the Clintons did here was misrepresent what the spending was for; there's literally nothing here. What you're doing is just highlighting a headline in an attempt to try and get an emotional reaction, hoping no one actually bothers to read and understand what actually happened.

And yet, despite all the loud complaining about "her emails", those same people suddenly get quiet and defensive when asked "where's the nine hours of recordings from the official oval office recording system"? Or maybe if you prefer: "But his phone records!".

Either be consistent with your mock anger, or go away.