December 6, 2017
Republican chairman of the House Science Committee is pushing ahead with the investigation into the Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.
This after the DHS barred government entities from using Kaspersky anti-virus software, citing concerns it could compromise national security.
Representative Lamar Smith said the committee’s probe is aimed at ensuring government computer systems are safe.
He also said lawmakers seek to make sure Kaspersky is not trying to obtain classified information.
Company CEO Eugene Kaspersky rebuffed such allegations.
“If the Russian government comes to me and asks me to do anything wrong, or my employees I will move the business out of Russia,” said Kaspersky. “There were, in American allegations, there were zero facts about anything wrong which is in our products and updates and it is very, well for professionals, it’s easy to check that I am right because all the data is available on our public service.”
The security concerns come after the federal government initially approved Kaspersky Lab as a credible provider of anti-virus software.