• @Fades
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      So has the US Gov since like 2017. It’s been banned from all gov PCs and contractors (depending on the type of contractor ofc).

      Better late than never I suppose.

  • @Treczoks
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    Amazing how long it took them to figure out that this is an actual risk. Now if they actually want to mitigate risks for the people on the net, they should make the software vendors out there fix the gaping security holes that their three-letter agencies are hoarding for their own gains.

  • @phoneymouse
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    Kaspersky reported a major iOS exploit to Apple in recent years. They discovered it and helped unravel the details of how it worked. I understand the US decision, but it seems unlikely that they’re bad actors through and through. I guess the Russian state could lean on them to do their bidding though and that potential is enough to consider them a threat.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Breaking news The Biden administration has banned the sale of Kaspersky software in the United States, arguing the Russian biz is a national security risk.

    She said Uncle Sam will outlaw the sale of Kaspersky Lab products and services in America from July 20 – and will also prohibit the antivirus maker from distributing software updates and malware signatures to customers in the US after September 29.

    Raimondo said Kaspersky, being based in Moscow, is basically at the mercy of Putin, and with its tools installed all over American computers, the antivirus maker could ironically enough be ordered or forced to act as a conduit into those systems by the Kremlin.

    “Russia has shown it has the capacity, and even more than that, the intent to exploit Russian companies like Kaspersky to collect and weaponize the personal information of Americans,” Raimondo told reporters.

    Existing users will have until the start of October to find new security and antivirus providers or be left using unsupported software.

    Any sellers or resellers found in violation of the ban could face fines or criminal prosecution.


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  • @roguetrick
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    Inherently, even if they proved themselves to be bad actors in the worst way, the US would be unable to prosecute them. I don’t know that it justifies an embargo, but, as el reg notes, it’s not like this move hasn’t been telegraphed for over 5 years now.

    • El Barto
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      As a U.S. citizen, I’m more concerned about traitors sympathizing with Russia.

          • @[email protected]
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            The lad is concerned for his privacy, how come the word traitor has ever appeared in your comment at all?! I surely hope you had completely changed topics by then, and replied to the wrong comment.

            • Lightor
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              For going after someone’s dialect you sure don’t come across well yourself.

              “how come the word traitor has ever appeared in your comment at all?!”

        • El Barto
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          I wasn’t referring to you. I thought we were posting comments that barely relate to the topic?

          But if you feel addressed, I can’t do much about that…

            • El Barto
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              What you just posted (which is relevant to the conversation, sure) has nothing to do with the irrelevant thing you mentioned earlier.

  • Autonomous User
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    They’ll never ban Instagram, Discord or iOS, pathetic.

    We don’t control Kaspersky, iOS, anti-libre software (it fails to include a libre software license text file, like AGPL), dangerous. 🚩