This morning (5/11/2017), in the Senate intelligence meeting, the committee asked the leaders of our respective intelligence communities if using Kaspersky antivirus software was a good idea. None of those individuals endorsed using Kaspersky antivirus software to secure the computers. Kaspersky antivirus software is based in Moscow, Russia and has been recently mentioned/associated with the Russia spy effort in the United States.
Kaspersky Lab antivirus software is an established software package been available for many years. And recent testing, from February 2017, AV – test.org lists Kaspersky Lab Internet security version 17 as a top product.
Getting top marks in protection performance and usability.
According to an article by the Washington Post, Kaspersky labs paid Michael Flynn almost $12,000. Michael Flynn has been under investigation for quite some time for colluding with the Russian government and he has also registered as an agent for the Turkish government; which is linked to Russian ran corporations.
Receiving this kind of negative press, Kaspersky labs has denied any allegations that aids the Russian intelligence agencies. It has also reached out to the FBI to offer any assistance to help any federal investigation. Obviously, this is to help them look better in the media, but I still think Kaspersky Lab is going to take a big PR hit with businesses and with residential customers.
Any residential customers who are using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, knowing that there are possible connections with spying with the Russian government, may not feel comfortable with using any software it any longer. Outside of residential customers, you still have large corporations are using Kaspersky antivirus software to protect the corporations; that level of trust could be in jeopardy there- especially in situations where corporations could be offering, or in charge of protecting, sensitive materials around American intelligence.
I also look to Internet service providers as well who Kaspersky antivirus software to the customers as a free level of security.
For instance, EPB Fiberoptics (in Chattanooga, TN/Gig City), the provider of the fastest Internet service in the United States, currently offers Kaspersky Lab antivirus software to their customers. I reached out to EPB fiber optics to get their feedback on their position on using/dispersing Kaspersky antivirus software to their customers.
I would suspect that more Internet service providers or companies who offer Kaspersky antivirus software to the customers would start reevaluating their position as well. It may not be in their best interests to be offering and antivirus software that’s being associated with Russian spying and considered a threat to national security.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, let me know in the comments below…