The rise and fall of Kaspersky?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Papusan, Sep 9, 2017.

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Will this be the fall for Kaspersky?

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  1. Ultra Male

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    weren't you the number one Kaspersky supporter before? remember when I logged into your laptop and saw you using that heavy AV? :eek::rolleyes:
     
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    Never buy any Kaspersky product. 3 re-activations and bam! you're key is blacklisted and good luck getting it unlocked again with their appalling customer service who will take weeks to reply and ask you for receipts, proofs, screenshots, then wait more, and more, until you either get infected as the product isn't updating or get fed up! I'd love to see that company shut down completely!
     
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  3. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOKS = That sucks! Dont wast your $ on FILTHY

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    Kaspersky ain't a heavy AV. In fact one of the best. But yees I haven't it on my machine anymore. And what will kaspersky find on MY PC if I used it? (Not M$'s PC:D) It's ****y everywhere now!! At least... I don't use FB and similar:p
     
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    Wild, this is a "Sponsored" Article on Reuters, I assume sponsored by Kaspersky or someone for Kaspersky:

    Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn U.S. government software ban
    Dustin Volz, Jim Finkle
    #CYBER RISK DECEMBER 18, 2017 / 10:25 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...urn-u-s-government-software-ban-idUSKBN1EC2CK

    "SPONSORED" <== Nowhere does it list (that I can find) who sponsored the Ad/Article

    "WASHINGTON/TORONTO (Reuters) - Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab said on Monday it has asked a U.S. federal court to overturn a Trump administration ban on use of its products in government networks, saying the move deprived the company of due process.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September issued a directive ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days. It came amid mounting concern among U.S. officials that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.

    The appeal is part of an ongoing campaign by Kaspersky to refute allegations the company is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The company has repeatedly denied it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

    “DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency published on Monday.

    The department did not respond to requests for comment.

    The lawsuit alleges that the government largely relied on uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in a review of Kaspersky software. It asks the court to overturn the ban and also declare that the Russian company’s products do not pose a security threat to U.S. government computers.

    The value of Kaspersky’s software sales to the U.S. government totaled less than $54,000, or about 0.03 percent of its U.S. subsidiary’s sales in the United States, according to the complaint.

    Still, the allegations about the software have hurt its much bigger consumer software business, prompting retailers such as Best Buy Co to pull Kaspersky products.

    Kaspersky said in October that it would submit the source code of its software and future updates for inspection by independent parties. U.S. officials have said that step, while welcome, would not be sufficient.

    The September DHS order applied only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon. U.S. intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Kaspersky products were already generally not allowed on military networks."
     
  5. Papusan

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    Kaspersky: Software now banned in Lithuania

    The ban on software from the Russian company Kaspersky, which has now been issued in Lithuania, goes even further than the prohibition in the US , which became law in mid-December . In Lithuania, not only government agencies are affected, but also private companies. Who will be next on the list?:rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah now they will rename it to something else and continue with their business. Problem solved. :rolleyes:
     
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    Honestly, i don't think Kaspersky will fall, sure they will lost contracts, resellers and customers; so a non-negligible amount of money but not enough to make them disappear. They are a giant in the security industry, and giants always return after a setback.
     
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    Facebook Tells Congress Kaspersky Cut from Anti-Virus Choices for Users
    Facebook: Russian agents created 129 U.S. election events
    Dustin Volz, David Ingram, JANUARY 25, 2018 / 10:55 PM
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...om-anti-virus-choices-for-users-idUSKBN1FE37M

    "...Also in its written response to follow up questions, Facebook said that last year it removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from its list of free anti-virus offerings to users who go to the social media site from a computer that may be infected with malicious code.

    Facebook said it no longer provided Kaspersky Lab as a recommended anti-virus option but that it was “unable to easily reconstruct how many Facebook users downloaded Kaspersky software.”

    "Facebook Inc said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia’s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters.

    Facebook, in a written statement to U.S. lawmakers released on Thursday and dated Jan. 8, said that 338,300 different Facebook accounts viewed the events and that 62,500 marked that they would attend. The company said it did not have data about which of the events took place.

    Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, said in September only that Russians had created “several promoted events.”"
     
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    US Considers Extending Kaspersky Ban to Huawei – Also Limits China from Acquiring Sensitive Technology
    The US administration is considering to extend its ban on Kaspersky Lab to Chinese companies, as well. In the case of Kaspersky, the government had suggested that the Russian intelligence agencies were using the its software to target US officials. Companies based in China may face a similar but wider ban.

    What appears to be a bipartisan effort, the US Congress is considering to draft laws that would ban the American government from using equipment made by the Chinese manufacturers. The targets include ZTE, Huawei, Datang, and Zhongxing. The country has also already banned DJI products. Earlier this year Huawei faced a major blowback when AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell the company’s phones in the US, at the behest of the US government.

    Similar to Kaspersky, no information or evidence has been shared that can support these fears. In case of Kaspersky, there was at least a report (published by researchers and verified by the company itself) that it had copied files from a government contractor believing that it was malware – it had turned out to be classified material. However, in case of Huawei, so far the authorities haven’t shared any evidence that could back this claim of Huawei being an arm of the Chinese government.
     
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    Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast
    No probs, says Huawei: It's a big world, we don't need America
    By Iain Thomson in San Francisco 14 Feb 2018 at 22:14

    "Don't trust the Chinese – that seemed to be the theme at Tuesday's open US Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Capitol Hill.

    The directors of the NSA, CIA, FBI, National Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency were asked if they would personally use a smartphone from Huawei or ZTE. None raised their hands.

    "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks," said FBI Director Chris Wray.

    "That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage."
    The condemnations came the day after Huawei's global government affairs VP Simon Lacey told an Australian parliamentary committee that allegations of Huawei using its kit to spy on other governments was "used as a blank cheque to justify or disguise protectionism."

    There have been mutterings about Huawei and ZTE in the US congress for years. Back in 2012 Congress produced a report suggesting that the Chinese manufacturer's kit could be a security risk, albeit with no supporting evidence andsuggestions of bias, and this led to a ban on Huawei's networking gear in US government systems.

    Then earlier this month Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and "Little" Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill to the Senate banning Huawei and ZTE from selling or leasing kit to the US government. It mirrored a similar bill introduced to the House of Representatives in January.

    "Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it's more than capable of stealing information from US officials by hacking its devices," said Cotton. "There are plenty of other companies that can meet our technology needs, and we shouldn't make it any easier for China to spy on us."

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    We've seen this kind of activity before, although with Russian security firm Kaspersky coming under a similar ban over never-proven claims. Now the Chinese are under the cosh, but Huawei doesn't seem to be too concerned.

    "Huawei is aware of a range of US government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's business in the US market," the world's number two smartphone maker told The Register.

    "Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities. Ultimately, Huawei will continue to develop its global business through a significant commitment to innovation and R&D and to delivering technology that helps our customers succeed in all markets that value the innovation and value it delivers.""
     
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