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Kaspersky antivirus software gets banned in the US: Sales and updates no longer allowed


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In a move that has sent ripples through the cybersecurity landscape, the US administration has announced a ban on the sale of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software. This decision, driven by concerns over the company’s alleged ties to Russia, marks a significant shift in the nation’s approach to digital security.

 

The Department of Commerce has taken the lead in implementing this prohibition. The ban not only affects new sales but also extends to updates and malware signatures for existing customers. This comprehensive approach underscores the “unacceptable risks” perceived by the US government of Kaspersky’s products.

 

The ban comes into effect for new customers from July 20. Existing users, however, will have a grace period until September 29 to transition to alternative solutions. This timeline indicates a measured approach, balancing national security interests with the practical needs of consumers and businesses.

 

The decision has been met with resistance from Kaspersky Lab, which plans to contest the ban. The company denies any involvement in activities that could compromise US security. Despite these denials, the ban remains in place, reflecting the government’s commitment to safeguarding national infrastructure.

 

This development raises important questions about the intersection of technology and geopolitics. As digital threats evolve, so too must our responses. But at what cost? Does this decision signal a new era of tech nationalism? And how will this impact the global cybersecurity landscape?

 

 

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