Best Buy To Discontinue Sale Of Kaspersky Software Because, Russian Hacking


According to the Star Tribune, Best Buy has heard those concerns and has made a decision to pull a computer antivirus program due to word that its manufacturer, Kaspersky Labs, could have ties to the Russian government.

Best Buy confirmed to the Star-Tribune that it has stopped selling the products, but didn't comment further.

Leaked emails have also linked Kaspersky with Russia's main intelligence agency, the FSB.

The effort appears to be having an effect, with USA retailer Best Buy confirming that they have removed the antivirus application from their shelves, Reuters reports, saying there were "too many unanswered questions" regarding their ties to the government.

Kaspersky Lab's software may once again be available at Best Buy after being re-evaluated in the future but for now it is is still available from a number of other large retailers in the United States including Target, walmart, Amazon and Staples.

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.

Earlier in the year, a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing saw six heads of major USA intelligence agencies saying that they were uncomfortable with the Kaspersky situation and wouldn't feel comfortable with it on their computers.

In July, the Trump administration removed Kaspersky technology from its list of vendors safe to use in government agencies, according to Reuters. Its ratings by Best Buy customers have largely been positive.

The company recently launched an IoT scanner which it says will check vulnerabilities caused by open ports used to exploit malware such as WannaCry.

Kaspersky has denied that their product carries any such risk, saying "Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber espionage efforts".