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US: Russia’s Kaspersky antivirus software banned

THE United States on Thursday banned Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky from providing its popular antivirus products in the country, the US Commerce Department announced.

“Kaspersky will generally no longer be able to, among other activities, sell its software within the United States or provide updates to software already in use,” the agency said in a statement announcing the action, which it said is the first of its kind.

“Russia has shown time and again they have the capability and intent to exploit Russian companies, like Kaspersky Lab, to collect and weaponize sensitive US information,” US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

The Commerce Department’s actions show America’s adversaries that it would not hesitate to act when “their technology poses a risk to the United States and its citizens,” she added.

While the multinational firm is headquartered in Moscow, it has offices in 31 countries around the world, servicing more than 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients in more than 200 countries, the Commerce Department said.

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