Russia Threatens Retaliation If US Bans Kaspersky Lab

Cybersecurity Firm’s CEO Offers Source Code Review to US Government

The war of words between Washington and Moscow over software built by Russian cybersecurity software vendor Kaspersky Lab continues to escalate. A senior Russian government official has warned that Moscow may retaliate if the Senate moves to ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software by government agencies, by ceasing its widespread use of American technology software and hardware.

Meanwhile, following reports that Congress might ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software by the Department of Defense, founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky repeated his offer to allow U.S. officials to review the company’s source code.

“If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code,” Kaspersky told Associated Press on Saturday, adding that he would willingly testify before U.S. lawmakers as well. “Anything I can do to prove that we don’t behave maliciously, I will do it.”

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