Best Buy Drops Kaspersky Over Russian Intelligence Concerns
Best Buy has stopped selling security software from Kaspersky Lab due to concerns that the Russian company may have ties with the Russian government.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, Best Buy decided to stop selling Kaspersky software after “media reports, congressional testimony and industry discussion” produced “too many unanswered questions”.
Previously, six officials from US intelligence and law enforcement agencies said that they would not be comfortable with Kaspersky software running on their networks.
Leaked emails have also linked Kaspersky with Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB.
“Kaspersky Lab doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against the company,” the company previously said in a statement.
“The only conclusion seems to be that Kaspersky Lab, a private company, is caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight, and it’s being treated unfairly even though the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage or offensive cyber efforts.”
Kaspersky software is said to have over 400 million users worldwide, and is available from Australian retailers like JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys.