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Russia Reacts to US Ban on 27-Year-Old Antivirus Company

Russia accuses US of stifling competition with Kaspersky ban

Russia Accuses US of Unfair Competition Amid Kaspersky Ban

In a move that has sparked diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, the US government recently announced that it is banning the sale of Kaspersky antivirus software in the country due to security concerns. In response, Russia has accused the US of using the ban to stifle foreign competition with American products.

Kaspersky, a Russia-based company that started its operations in 1997, has been labeled by the US as a national security and privacy risk due to its Russian origins. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security imposed the ban, stating that Russia has the capacity and intent to exploit companies like Kaspersky to collect and weaponize personal information of Americans.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov criticized the decision, calling it a typical move by the US to engage in unfair competition. He stated that Kaspersky is a very competitive company on international markets and that the ban was a favored technique of unfair competition from the United States.

The ban will come into effect next month, with three units of the Russian company being added to a trade restriction list. This means that Kaspersky will be barred from selling products to individual customers and businesses starting July 20. Consumers who are already using Kaspersky’s antivirus are not violating the law and will be eligible for software and security updates until September 29.

As Kaspersky vows to pursue legal options to preserve its operations, the situation highlights the ongoing tensions between the US and Russia in the tech industry. With concerns over data privacy and national security at the forefront, consumers are urged to find alternative antivirus solutions to ensure their protection in the face of this ban.

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