Best Buy has stopped selling security software from Russian firm

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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 spokeswoman confirmed the report but declined to provide further details.

Kaspersky Lab chief executive Eugene Kaspersky.

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 USA including Target, walmart, Amazon and Staples. Its ratings by Best Buy customers have largely been positive. The retailer said its technical staff could remove Kaspersky software from users' systems.

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Coincidentally or not Kaspersky was at the receiving end of a complaint of collusion with the Russian government and has been removed from the USA governments approved vendors list after concerns were raised that their software could allow the Kremlin access to the USA government's secure computer systems.

A US Congressional panel had asked government agencies to share documents on the cyber security firm, saying its products could be used for "nefarious activities against the United States", Reuters reported in July.

According to a previous report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had interviewed several USA employees of Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab as part of an agency probe of the company's operations, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Kaspersky, which denies Russian government links, said the two firms "have suspended their relationship at this time". Last week, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she was introducing legislation to ban USA government bodies from using Kaspersky software.

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