"Kaspersky is considered one of the foremost cybersecurity research firms in the world, and has considerable expertise in designing antivirus software and tools to uncover spyware used by Western intelligence services. The company was founded by Eugene V. Kaspersky, who attended a high school that trained Russian spies, and later wrote software for the Soviet Army before going on to found Kaspersky Lab in 1997. He has insisted that neither he nor his company have active ties to the Russian military or intelligence services.Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers - The New York Times
Yet despite its prominence in the cybersecurity world, its origins in Russia have for years fueled suspicions about its possible ties to Russia’s intelligence agencies. Federal officials have warned private companies to avoid Kaspersky software, and earlier this year the firm was removed from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology."
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers - The New York Times
Also see Kaspersky: Russia responds to US ban on software (BBC)