The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it has added Kaspersky Lab to its list of entities that pose a threat to national security. Communication-based blacklist.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said at a press conference on the 25th that this action is the FCC’s effort to strengthen the US communications network to defend against national security threats. She has previously warned that Russia could launch a global cyber attack following its invasion of Ukraine.
Once listed on the Entity List, funds subsidized by the US federal government cannot be used to purchase Kaspersky products and services.
At the same time, the FCC also added China Telecom Americas and China Mobile International (USA) Co., Ltd. to the list. Last year, five Chinese companies including Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology were added to the list. included in the list. The addition of Kaspersky this time is the first time that the United States has added a Russian company to a blacklist dominated by Chinese companies.
To this end, Kaspersky Lab responded in a statement that it was “disappointed” by the FCC’s action, calling it “a response to the tense geopolitical atmosphere and not a comprehensive assessment of Kaspersky products and services.”
On the other hand, according to a report by the Central News Agency on the 28th, the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee of the Legislative Yuan invited Chen Mingtong, director of the National Security Agency, to lead the heads of relevant intelligence agencies for consultation. He responded that “it must be taken into account” and further stated that the public sector purchases based on information security needs, but the proportion of Kaspersky products used is very low, only about 2% to 3% in the past two years.
The U.S. federal government actually banned the use of Kaspersky-developed antivirus software in federal government communications systems in 2017, amid concerns that the Moscow-based company would have ties to the Russian government and intelligence activities to secretly obtain Confidential Information.
A White House official said in 2017 that Kaspersky’s antivirus software was at risk on U.S. networks, largely because Russian law required the company to cooperate with intelligence agencies like Russia’s Federal Security Service. Kaspersky denied it at the time, saying it had no improper relationship with any government, and criticized the White House’s decision based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including claims about Russian law and being influenced by policy.