Was it right for US to demand Kaspersky to turn over source code to US gov?

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agsragsr 601 Pts
  1. Was it right for US to demand Kaspersky to turn over source code to US gov?

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    1. Yes
    2. No
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  • What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Looks like Big Brother to me
  • I don't see am issue.  We are dealing with cyber security and US government needs to ensure no malware.
    WhyTrump - a good question
  • melefmelef 49 Pts
    This is a major issue throughout the globe.

    Countris like Russia and the US seem to be introducing and endorsing Big Brother more and more now a days with wire tapping.

    The fake news like CNN (FNN) is pushing the bidilotly of big brother schemes and jeopardizing the safety of citizens around the world belonging to different systems.
  • Max_Air29Max_Air29 63 Pts

    The company’s willingness to share its source code comes after a proposal was put forth in the Senate that “prohibits the [Defense Department] from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab.” It goes on to say, “The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that any network connection between … the Department of Defense and a department or agency of the United States Government that is using or hosting on its networks a software platform [associated with Kaspersky Lab] is immediately severed.” 

    Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat tells ABC News, that there is “a consensus in Congress and among administration officials that Kaspersky Lab cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure.” The fears follow years of suspicion from the FBI that Kaspersky Labs is too close to the Russian government. The company is based in Russia but has worked with both Moscow and the FBI in the past, often serving as a go-between to help the two governments cooperate. “As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts,” an official statement from Kaspersky Labs reads. 

    The proposal prompted an official responsefrom Russian Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov. He warned that any “unilateral political sanctions” would prompt retaliation from Russia. He emphasized that his government uses “a huge proportion of American software and hardware solutions in the IT sphere, even in very sensitive areas.”

  • inc4tinc4t 154 Pts
    @Max_Air29, excellent writeup.  
    I am really conflicted about this situation.  On one hand, I am deeply concerned that we may have high risk exposure from a Russia-operated cyber security company that spreads malware.
    in the other hand, I am not comfortable lettting the government to remove privacy from our businesses and individuals- turning it into 1984.  

  • @Max_Air29, thanks for sharing.  To your point it looks like that Kaspersky Lab agreeing to turn over the source code is an actof despration to save the company.  It is really unclear re ties to the Russiam government.  We should take defense of the country really seriously, and Department of Defense is hopefully not just randomly doing this to American companies with Russian presence.
    it does raise a much larger question though - should american companies with significant Russian presence be concerned about ability to do business there.
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  • I normally would advocate this type of involvement by the government is unacceptable.  However, this case is different. It is a matter of national security. Cyber is the new turf for global wars and we can't afford to have something like that going on.  It should be interesting to see if government will impose further regulations om cyber security companies in general as part of the fallout.
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