Security theater: US Heimatsicherheitsdienst bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies to hype Russia scare

Source: Washington Post

“The U.S. government on Wednesday banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies and gave them three months to remove the software 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 civilian government networks, giving agencies a timeline to get rid of it, according to several officials familiar with the plan who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Duke ordered the scrub on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.” [editor’s note: So is this merely baseless scaremongering for theatrical purposes, or are there bribes in place to take out a big competitor to American software too? – TLK] (09/13/17)