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Best Buy stops sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products

11 Septembre 2017

Amid growing concern/speculation/hysteria that Kaspersky Lab products could be tied to the Russian government, retailer Best Buy has stopped selling its antivirus. A Best Buy spokesperson told The Verge in an email that the Tribune's article is accurate, but wouldn't comment further on specific vendors.

Kaspersky Lab chief executive Eugene Kaspersky.

In July, the U.S. administration had removed Kaspersky from its lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to acquire technology equipment. The firm's products can still be found at Amazon and Walmart, while Best Buy noted that customers with active subscriptions can exchange the software within the next 45 days.

The effort appears to be having an effect, with U.S. 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.

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Elle a concerné des produits vendus dans presque toute l'Union européenne, qui ont du être immédiatement retirés du marché. Une réunion des ministres de l'Agriculture devrait se tenir le 26 septembre, à l'initiative de la Commission européenne.

As part of those efforts a congressional panel in late July asked federal government agencies to share information on Kaspersky because the firm's tools could be used to carry out "nefarious activities against the United States". Kaspersky added that it has had a good relationship with Best Buy and that the current suspension of its products could be re-evaluated in the future.

The proposed law was amended last week to ban Kaspersky's software from any federal computer. The company has also not spoken about the move beyond confirming the report.

Kaspersky said the reported briefings were "extremely disappointing" given that the company is "law-abiding and ethical".

Kaspersky, which has denied ties with any government, said on Friday the companies had suspended their ties.

Best Buy stops sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products