Best Buy has stopped selling security software from Russian firm
Best Buy has stopped selling security software from Russian firm
Amid cybersecurity concerns from Russia, prominent US electronics retailer to pull out Kaspersky products
12 September, 2017, 02:48
But following changes to Defender, Kaspersky went on to withdraw the complaints saying it was satisfied that enough had been done. As the cybersecurity firm is based in Moscow, Best Buy says its decision is based on concerns over connections Kaspersky has to the Russian government. In May, the USA intelligence community, including the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, united to voice suspicion of Kaspersky Labs products.
"However, the relationship may be re-evaluated in the future", it said in a statement.
For people anxious their Kaspersky program could allow hackers access to their nude pics that no one wants, Best Buy is offering them the chance to exchange it for free for something else within the next 45 days.
While Kaspersky Labs has a positive reputation among its 400 million users and is known as a world-renowned cybersecurity firm, Best Buy heeded congressional warnings.
Best Buy found that there were "too many unanswered questions" and therefore chose to discontinue selling the antivirus products, according to USA newspaper StarTribune, which first reported the retailer's decision, citing a source familiar with the matter.
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In July, the Trump administration removed Kaspersky technology from its list of vendors safe to use in government agencies, according to Reuters.
With all the talk that Team Putin has infiltrated everything from Facebook to the White House, consumers have grown wary of anything Russian Federation related including computer software.
The anti-virus company previous year launched an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, accusing them of favouring their own Windows Defender solution and taking unnecessary steps to disable 3rd party services, including that of Kaspersky.
In addition, Rob Joyce, the United States government's cyber security coordinator, has admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been holding briefings with companies in the USA since the beginning of the year, urging them to drop Kaspersky security products on the grounds of national security.
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