Founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky, the cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky it is mostly known at the user level for its antivirus tool of the same name. And is that who has not ever had Kaspersky software installed on the laptop, PC or mobile? Well, if you are on North American soil, be careful, because it is dangerous for the security of the country.
Kaspersky, a threat to US national security
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States federal government which regulates radio, television, cable and satellite communications throughout the country. The FCC has jurisdiction in the areas of broadband access, fair competition, use of radio frequencies, media liability, public safety, and national security.
And this week the FCC is news because it has qualified the cybersecurity firm Kasperskyas well as mobile phone companies China Mobile and China Telecom as “threats to the national security of the United States”. The three companies join Huawei, ZTE, Chinese radio communications provider Hytera, and Chinese video surveillance system providers Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company and Dahua Technology Company.
It has nothing to do with the Ukraine conflict
Kaspersky is the first non-Chinese company to be added to the FCC list, pBut the agency has indicated that its decision is not linked nor has it been taken over due to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. The companies were named under the United States’ Secure and Reliable Communications Networks Act of 2019, a law that “pprohibits the use of certain federal funds to obtain communications equipment or services from a company that poses a risk to the national security of U.S. communications networks.”
This is also not new, as US government agencies already had to recall Kaspersky products in 2017, and the US operations of China Mobile and China Telecom were already limited by the Clean Network plan’s requirement that no Chinese companies touch the networks. Americans.
“An abuse of power”
Kaspersky responded to the FCC’s veto by pointing out that it was a decision motivated by the current armed conflict: “Kaspersky believes that today’s extension of such a ban to entities that receive telecommunications-related grants from the FCC is equally unfounded and a response to the geopolitical climate rather than a comprehensive assessment of the integrity of Kaspersky’s products and services.”, reads a statement from the company.
The Chinese embassy in the US has described the inclusion in the list as “an abuse of state power carried out without evidence, and further evidence of irrational and anti-competitive behavior”. The question is what future companies will be in the FCC’s sights, and if it will include another Russian one for reasons of “national security”.
The best free antivirus
While in the US it is under that label, in Spain associations such as the OCU classify Kaspersky together with the Avast Free antivirus as the two best free antiviruses on the market, arguing that “unlike what happens with other free antiviruses, with the Kaspersky Security Cloud Free the user will not suffer annoying promotions to upgrade to the paid version, it is very easy to use and does not slow down the computer at all.”
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