US orders purge of Russian Kaspersky anti-virus products

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, is seen at a press conference he called in Moscow last April. He denies all charges of Russian government influence in his computer security products. (EPA photo)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday told US government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their information systems, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

The full statement is below.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive to agencies ordering them to identify Kaspersky products on their information systems within 30 days, develop plans to remove and discontinue the products within 60 days, and begin discontinuing their use within 90 days.

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