U.S. Considers Sanctioning Kaspersky Labs Products

The Kaspersky Controversy Continue to Grow

Yesterday, I wrote on Twitter banning Kaspersky’s ads from their social media platform.  Now, new reports have suggested the U.S. will consider placing a sanction on all Kaspersky products.  This means, all Kaspersky operations will be banned, including their U.S. operations.  According to CyberScoop, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, believes sanctions against Kaspersky Labs is “a logical next step”.  Sen. Shaheen is familiar with the Kaspersky scandal, as she led the efforts to remove the software from government computers and reported there is overwhelming evidence of close ties and cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin.

None of the evidence has been provided to the public, but Kaspersky adamantly denies the allegations.  Below you will find a timeline of events regarding the Kaspersky scandal:

  • May, 2017 – Marco Rubio asks Senate Intelligence Committee if they would be willing to use Kaspersky on their devices — overwhelming consensus was “No”.
  • July, 2017 – Legislation worked towards banning Kaspersky products on military devices
  • July, 2017 – Russians Communication Minister made threats against American software and hardware companies, if legislation banning Kaspersky were to pass
  • August, 2017 – U.S. Government urges the private sector to remove Kaspersky Labs products
  • August, 2017 – U.S. Government confirms ties between Kaspersky Labs and Russian Intelligence
  • September, 2017 – U.S. major electronics retailers, including Best Buy and Office Depot, drop Kaspersky products from their shelves
  • September, 2017 – West Virginia University drops Kaspersky as their security provider
  • September, 2017 – U.S. government ordered federal agencies to remove Kaspersky products on all devices
  • October, 2017 – Allegations were reported the Kremlin used Kaspersky security products to obtain confidential NSA data
  • October, 2017 – Reports claim Israel warned the U.S. of Kaspersky after hacking its network
  • December, 2017 – Kaspersky files a lawsuit against the U.S. regarding the congressional ban of Kaspersky products.
  • March, 2018 – Department of Justice moves to dismiss the Kaspersky lawsuit
  • April, 2018 – Twitter bans Kaspersky ads from its social media platform
  • April, 2018 – U.S. considers sanctioning Kaspersky products

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32 thoughts on “U.S. Considers Sanctioning Kaspersky Labs Products

  1. Love the way we discuss scammers requesting money then gently introduce the KnowBe4 Security Awareness training for FREE…..

    Free training that cannot be accessed unless we pay For a ‘PC Matic license’ is not FREE.

  2. I left Kaspersky about a year ago and went with PCMatic. I’ve held on to the Kaspersky Password Vault as I don’t believe PCMatic has an equivalent. Would quickly convert if they do.

    • Hi Richard,
      PC Matic currently does not offer a password vault. However, we’re always looking to enhance our product, and we appreciate your feedback on what we can do to convert you as a customer. Have a great day Richard!

  3. Any installed third party product can be used to spy on or infect you. The more if you allow those products to autoupdate, even MS-products. That’s why it’s a good idea to have at least one independent real time AV product installed – even if it’s Kaspersky – and periodically do an offline scan with another one.

  4. Did anyone notice that after the financial bubble bust years ago we haven’t had a Virus infect our computers, nor malware ,how strange is that,? but our own governments are now going to implement spying like we blame Russia — [ as if it hadn’t been going on for years ] beware of the Icloud I don’t trust it!!!

    • I feel the same way about all clouds! iCloud, Google Drive, One Drive, etc. I bought a WD MyCloud in early 2015 and redirected my directories to back up all my files, photos and everything else to MyCloud. Love it! Have 2TB of space and can access any of my files from any network and it sits in my living room with my modem and router. Nobody has any if my files anymore!

  5. I’ve used Kaspersky for over 10 years on several computers and have loaded it on many friends and family’s computers with no problem. Is this a ban against Russian products or is Kaspersky compromising our security? If it’s just a ban on a Russian product that is working, I’m keeping Kaspersky. I’m going to investigate before I delete Kaspersky off my computers and many of my friends and family.

  6. I use Kaspersky and will keep using it. It’s a great antivirus and antispy. If Kaspersky has ties to Kremlin, Norton, facebook, Google, tweeter and many more are tied to NSA. So is fair enough, accepting fake news and hearsay as evidence. Probably Kasperky is blocking spy agencies from installing malware and opening communication ports on unsuspecting victims. If this is the reason for the sanctions, then Kaspersky deserves a privacy protection gold medal.

  7. as others in this forum have been asking
    where is the evidence against Kaspersky?
    looks like this is
    US commercial competitors trying to stop competition?
    run another program such as Malwarebytes and see what it picks up?

      • Poor ignorant. I am a real person i still think as the “bot” as you called him. I feel sorry for the ignorant people that follows anything without doing their own tests and research. If you want to follow the path of ignorance that’s your choice, i am sorry for you. United States of America could not yet produce proof of anything and it seems they just took and will keep taking extreme actions to eradicate Kaspersky without base. Funny you don’t ask yourself about american government hacking tools and malware to spy.

  8. I can understand the concerns with kasperski, is there any proof that it is doing anything more than security protection? Probably not. Would I continue to use it? definitely not, not with Russian blatant disregard to international relations. Would I use PC matic that uses propaganda to Improve its sales figures. I know kasperski is actually a better tool. I don’t use it know but I used to. Its free av scanner download was quality for ad hoc scans. I am on avast cloud care to manage my commercial customers. Works for me, just.

    • @Jake Williams: It’s ironic that you state “Would I use PC matic that uses propaganda to Improve its sales figures “, yet demonstrate that you are gullible when it comes to Western state and media propaganda in relation to Russia, which you claim has a blatant disregard to international relations.

      • I live 12 miles away from Salisbury, Salisbury UK, is my home town. Are you trying to tell me the Russians were not involved in the nerve agent attack. What are you on about.

        • @Jake Williams: No proof has been provided that the Russians were involved, whilst what’s constantly being ignored is that the old Soviet plant that produced the nerve agent was in Kazakhstan, where US personnel visited just before the Soviet collapse. Furthermore, one of the chemists who originally developed it published the formula in a book that’s widely available, and has even been on sale with Amazon. Further to that, the Czech President has admitted that his country recently manufactured a small sample of the substance. The fact is that anyone with sufficient resources can produce it – and that included Porton Down, near Salisbury. It’s also amusing that all those investigators turned up dressed in protective clothing whilst normally dressed policemen were standing around only a few feet away. Finally, the hospital consultant stated that no one had been admitted with nerve agent poisoning. The whole scam is unravelling. It was a false-flag operation aimed at demonising Russia, but you’ll hear none of that on the BBC, nor any other part of the controlled mainstream media.

          • Hold on mate, I’m just folding your tinfoil hat for you. If you think the UK would conduct this operation in the heart of the UK on its own people you are quite deluded. Salisbury has been greatly affected by this. There is always the unknown of what are governments are up too. Putin is an antagonist, what about Syria, Ukraine, Georgia and Checnya. What about Alexander Litvinenko, your going to tell me I did that! I know that we are all as bad as each other, but I’m not going to trust a Russian AV product over an Allies product am I.

            • @Jake Williams: Oh dear. “Putin is an antagonist.” Since when? It wasn’t Russia that expanded right up to NATO’s borders but was, in fact, the other way around, which amounted to a broken promise given by the latter to Mikhail Gorbachev before he allowed the Warsaw Pact to dissolve. What about Syria? Putin didn’t start the war there; the West did that with the funding and supplying of their proxy terrorist groups. It was the West that was behind the illegal coup d’etat that overthrew the democratically elected President Yanukovych. It was the Georgian military that instigated hostilities by firing on civilian targets in South Ossetia, and at least the Russian Army, which chased the Georgian military back to Tblisi, returned to base – unlike Western counties who prefer to overthrow governments and install puppet replacements. What about Chechnya? It was being used as a breeding ground for terrorism, its most notable action being the massacre of schoolchildren and teachers at Beslan. Putin put a stop to it once and for all, while the West gave refuge to those terrorists. What about Alexander Litvinenko? There was never any proof that Russia was behind his killing, just like the events in Salisbury. The formula for Novichok has been in the public domain since 2009 when Vil Mirzayanov, a former chemist and head of the Soviet-era technical counterintelligence department, released it in his 2009 book, ‘State Secrets: An Insider’s Chronicle Of The Russian Chemical Weapons Program’. It’s not for nothing that the British government is keeping Yulia Skripkal out of communication with journalists and Russian Embassy officials, just as it’s doing with her father, on whom no more reporting is being conducted. Rather than pulling out the “tinfoil hat” accusation, which is the usual recourse of those who are incapable of critical thinking, I suggest you learn to stop being one of the unthinking sheeple. They used to have that kind of person in the Soviet Union, and they were referred to as ‘blockheads’ by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

  9. I too am a lifetime member of PC Matic. Over the more than 30 years I have had PC’s at home and work I have used nearly every security bundle sold. In 1983 Bill Gates and I had a two day episode phone conversation about some bad software he was selling, and he would remember the conversation even now, though he probably would not recall my name. 1983 is a long time go, and he never resolved the bug and would not give me a $499.95 refund for the bad product. I was writing programs in that era, and the bug caused me to re-evaluate the tools I was using in software to move forward with higher level language tools — including security. Fortunately, I think all of the KASPERSKY products and other Russian produced conversion programs I acquired are on defunct computers I have in storage — Yeah, I have a couple of Commodores and even an original Bally 1977-8 [I think] multifunction key “Tiny BASIC” programmable gameplayer that left you 1800 bytes to write programs after the 3.2K very powerful Tiny BASIC was loaded. If i’d left the program I wrote to compute “pi” run I might by now have many trillions of digits of pi. Yes, I have a couple of Apple II’s, several old IBM pc’s, had to give WANG Back their PC’s, Osbornes, Compaq, and various Gateways, Dells, several Sony’s, some “bulletproof” HP’s,[even since absorption of Compaq] and probably a couple or three I just don’t remember.

    I always wanted to attempt to recover stuff I’d lost access to on their hard drives, but wonder now if I would unknowingly release into my small home network some deeply buried computer virus or just blocks of code primitive enough to have escaped “modern” whitelists and so fundamental that they would be binary or assembly tools below unix level so to be at least in my home network a code “plague” that I could not fathom — worse than smallpox or ebola or a variation hemorrhagic perversion. I think that Bob Cheng and the PC Matic crew are correct in their whitelist approach. I also think as long as they are able to build and to pre run test scripts in isolated secluded internal memory they can examine script performance to get a sense of code malevolence. I have to get into acts of faith here. PC Matic rectifies that faith. Please continue!

    • I agree that PC Matic whitelist idea is probably the best approach for virus protection. While in the Navy in the 70’s the Russian navy nearly killed me twice with their childish sea going tactics. Therefore, I do not trust anything they do, especially security software. It would be naive to do other wise on my part know what they are willing to do to push their international agenda. As far as the Cloud is concerned I just do not trust a remote intity with my data. A few folks in Hollywood starlets might agree. Just look what that got us by trusting Facebook!

      • Then you are not apt to use the internet since practically everything now use cloud system, uh, an then you dare to call people naive, how funny is that.

      • @Tom: In the 1970s it was the Soviet navy, not Russian. The Soviet Union had fifteen constituent republics, of which Russia was one, along with Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, etc. Modern Russia is not the Soviet Union. Russia is attempting to develop and modernise its capitalist economy, whereas the Soviet Union was dogmatically a centralised Communist order.

        • It matters not what one calls it, Russian, Soviet Navy or Red Star Communist ship, to me. Their stupid antics nearly got me killed, twice, in the Mediterranean Sea. Regardless of your history lesson I stll do not trust them. Comrad.

          • @Tom: “Comrad”? It’s ‘Comrade’, and it’s a term that is no longer in general use. My history lesson is relevant because it demonstrates that that those instances you refer to could have easily been the responsibility of Ukrainians, Georgians, or Lithuanians, yet you prefer to ignore that and continue to blame modern Russians. Why not also dislike all the Irish for the past misdemeanours of the IRA and Sinn Fein? Your argument is irrational.

  10. Well that is scarey,i recently renewed my kasperesky on 3 pcs.desktop,tablet and phone
    .not sure i will be doing that again.

  11. We also are Lifetime Member and have had no problems Great Service and enjoy having something made in America recomend to all my family and friends someday hope they will wake up and see how great the product is. Some have and I hope more will, keep up the good work PC Matic and keep growing America Needs You

  12. Among the many anti-virus programs we used over the years, was Kaspersky. But, that is not surprising since we use just about every program available to us and we were dissatisfied with all. For that reason, when we saw an ad on Fox about PC-Matic and researched it more, we not only became a customer, but a Lifetime customer and during that time we have been Lifetime customers we have owned, used, and discarded numerous HP, Dell and other computer. We can easily subtract or add a new computer, and the service is really good.

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