The Russian Hacking Story – At a Code Level

With rumors swirling around that investigation into the Trump administration’s possible involvement in Russian election hacking, the Senate has made noises about retaliation against a particular Russian tech firm.

Kaspersky Lab produces an anti-virus product that is used by some U.S. government agencies, or by many of them, depending on who you ask. Although the General Services Administration will not make a clear statement on how widely used the product is, one official told Buzzfeed that it’s “ingrained across almost 3,500 different products,” a somewhat vague statement to say the least.

As part of the 2018 markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (which has not yet been approved), the U.S. Senate has included an explicit statement that the Department of Defense will be prohibited from using any Kaspersky Lab products. Senators apparently fear that the company will be dangerously open to Russian government influence. Kaspersky also works for Interpol, the EU’s enforcement agency.

See My Source Code

In hopes of keeping hold of a major client, CEO Eugene Kaspersky has offered to share his source code with American analysts and testify before the U.S. Senate. But the prohibition against his products may be more about symbolism than substance. Because Kaspersky software is provided to clients through third party resellers, it’s not easy to identify how many U.S. government departments are actually using it.

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