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Rep. Lamar Smith Pledging to Push Ahead With Kaspersky Lab Probe

Rep. Lamar Smith Pledging to Push Ahead With Kaspersky Lab Probe
Kaspersky Lab Internet Security and Anti-Virus software products photographed on Sept. 17, 2017 in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:42 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is vowing to push ahead with his committee's probe into Kaspersky Lab, The Hill is reporting.

Smith's House Science, Space and Technology Committee has been looking into the Moscow-based firm since Homeland Security officials barred federal government agencies from using Kaspersky in September, according to the website.

Kaspersky produces antivirus software. Homeland Security had raised the possibility the Russian government could "capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products" to compromise federal computer systems, The Hill said.

"We're going to make sure that our government computer systems are, in fact, secure and make sure that Kaspersky Lab and anyone else associated with Kaspersky is not trying to acquire classified information," Smith told The Hill.

"I appreciate the administration being so quick to realize that Kaspersky Lab may be providing a threat to our national security. Considering how slow administrations can act, this administration was very fast on this."

The committee had recently learned the Pentagon had questioned whether Kaspersky was a potential threat more than a decade ago, The Hill said.

"It's curious to us why the federal government first initially approved Kaspersky Lab as a legitimate vendor from which to get antivirus software," Smith said. "We really don't have all of the answers yet."

Meanwhile, Ciaran Martin, the head of National Cyber Security Centre in Great Britain, warned his government against installing Russian products, including Kaspersky software, The Washington Times reported.

"The NCSC advises that Russia is a highly capable cyber threat actor which uses cyber as a tool of statecraft," Martin said. "This includes espionage, disruption and influence operations. Russia has the intent to target U.K. central Government and the U.K.'s critical national infrastructure."

In a statement to The Hill, Kaspersky Lab said it did not have any "inappropriate" links to the Russian government.

"Kaspersky Lab does not have inappropriate ties to any government, including Russia, and the only conclusion seems to be that the company remains caught in the middle of an ongoing geopolitical fight," a spokesperson for Kaspersky said.

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Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is vowing to push ahead with his committee's probe into Kaspersky Lab, The Hill is reporting.
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