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US limits govt use of Kaspersky: Firm says it has fallen victim to US-Russia geopolitics

The Trump administration on Tuesday removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns its products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into US networks.

world Updated: Jul 12, 2017 13:24 IST
An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow .
An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow .(Reuters)

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it had fallen victim to geopolitical sparring between Russia and the United States, but said it was ready to respond to any questions from US officials, the RIA news agency reported.

The Trump administration on Tuesday removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns its products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into US networks.

“By all appearances, Kaspersky Lab happened to be dragged into a geopolitical fight where each side is trying to use the company as a pawn in its game,” RIA quoted the company’s press service as saying.

Company head Eugene Kaspersky has more than once proposed meeting US government officials and has offered to testify to the US Congress “to respond to all questions from the US government that may arise”, the press service was cited as saying.