US Bans Kaspersky Antivirus

By: Rebecca R.

The U.S. government is banning the sale and use of Kaspersky antivirus software across the country due to national security concerns.

The ban is being implemented by the U.S. Commerce Department, citing the potential for the Russian government to exploit Kaspersky's software to steal sensitive data or install malware.

Effective July 20, 2024, U.S. companies and individuals will be prohibited from purchasing new Kaspersky products.

Starting September 29, 2024, Kaspersky will no longer be able to provide security updates to existing users, leaving their devices vulnerable.

Companies that violate the ban by continuing to sell or use Kaspersky software will face penalties from the Commerce Department.

Before this ban, Kaspersky software was already prohibited for use by U.S. federal agencies due to security risks.

The U.S. government believes Kaspersky's access to computer systems could be exploited by the Russian government to steal data or install malware.

Kaspersky has over 400 million individual users and 270,000 corporate clients worldwide, so the ban will have a significant impact on its global operations.

Kaspersky has stated it will explore all legal options to challenge the U.S. government's decision, which it claims is unjustified and politically motivated.