In September, the U.S. government barred federal agencies from using the company's antivirus products because o,f concerns about its ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. News reports have since linked Kaspersky software to an alleged theft of cybersecurity information from the U.S. National Security Agency.
The company does categorically deny the allegations and has offered to open the source code for the US government to prove them wrong.
They claim to be victim of a "geopolitical fight".
Especially the NSA is worried....because they would never dream of influencing US software producers to deliver data to the government...right?
Kaspersky has always been a very good AV program IMHO. I cannot help the feeling that they are every bit as trustworthy as any US based AV supplier.
This also helps to manifest a US monopoly it this area.
It has become a "whos side are you on" thing or "if you are not with us then you are against us" thing.
That is undeniably good for agency funding because they need a dangerous enemy to stay popular.
The cyber war is like all wars; the truth is always the first victim.
So are the Russians more reliable than the Americans ? Certainly not ! Their agencies are tickled pink by this too....
The loosers are us - the consumers - who get less choices, more dictation and more taxes.