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Trump Admin. Takes Russian Cybersecurity Company Off Approved List

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 10:37 AM

President Donald Trump's administration has removed a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm from its list of companies that are approved for federal usage, ABC News reports.

Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity company based in Moscow with roughly 400 million users around the globe, came under scrutiny earlier this year after top intelligence and law enforcement agency officials testified that they would not allow their networks to use Kaspersky software.

The question, posed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., "came out of nowhere, often a sign a senator is trying to indirectly draw attention to something learned in classified briefings," according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. 

Kaspersky Lab's software was removed from the list or schedule of software providers that are approved to be used by federal networks kept by the General Services Administration.

After "review and careful consideration," the GSA "made the decision to remove Kaspersky lab-manufactured products" according to a spokeswoman in a statement to ABC News.

"GSA's priorities are to ensure the integrity and security of U.S. government systems and networks and evaluate products and services available on our contracts using supply chain risk management processes," the spokeswoman added.

Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky denounced the concerns about his company in a statement on his company's website.

"In the internal communications referenced within the recent article, the facts are once again either being misinterpreted or manipulated to fit the agenda of certain individuals desperately wanting there to be inappropriate ties between the company, its CEO and the Russian government, but no matter what communication they claim to have, the facts clearly remain there is no evidence because no such inappropriate ties exist."

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