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The FBI has been briefing private sector companies on intelligence claiming to show that the Moscow-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is an unacceptable threat to national security, current and former senior U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell CyberScoop... The FBI's goal is to have U.S. firms push Kaspersky out of their systems as soon as possible or refrain from using them in new products or other efforts, the current and former officials say.

The FBI's counterintelligence section has been giving briefings since beginning of the year on a priority basis, prioritizing companies in the energy sector and those that use industrial control (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. In light of successive cyberattacks against the electric grid in Ukraine, the FBI has focused on this sector due to the critical infrastructure designation assigned to it by the Department of Homeland Security... The U.S. government's actions come as Russia is engaged in its own push to stamp American tech giants like Microsoft out of that country's systems.
 

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All this is designed to 'encourage' companies (and people) to use one of the approved, backdoored products for the NSA/CIA. If a firm doesn't play ball with US-Intel you can expect it to be discouraged.

I suppose they recommend McAfee, which we all know reached out to the NSA awhile back to 'ensure' their product didn't catch state tools. Or Trend Micro which is essentially a branch of the CIA now that they merged threat centers with Booz Allen Hamilton. Or how about Norton? Which picked up Blue Coat, which was intelligence funded and grabbed all of the spook employees to work at Norton.. Our intel cartels are so thirsty for power and control it makes me sick.
 
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