Facebook says Kaspersky cut from anti-virus choices for users

January 26, 2018 09:20
Kaspersky Lab has been facing difficulties in the US due to suspicions that the Moscow-based firm is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. Photo: Reuters

Facebook said it removed Kaspersky Lab last year from its list of anti-virus offerings to users who go to the social media site from a computer that may be infected with malicious code.

The company told the US Congress that it no longer provides Moscow-based Kasperky Lab as an antivirus option but that it was "unable to easily reconstruct how many Facebook users downloaded Kaspersky software", Reuters reports.

"In October 2017, we removed Kaspersky’s anti-virus software from the list of products that we make available to these users,” Facebook said in written replies to questions from a Congressional panel, according to information released Thursday.

Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, were questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee which is looking into alleged Russian attempts to use the firms' platforms to spread disinformation during the 2016 US presidential election.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied concerns among US security officials that its software could enable Russian espionage.

It has also denied ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

US President Donald Trump in December signed into law legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky  software within the US government, capping a months-long effort to purge the firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence, Reuters noted.

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