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US sanctions Kaspersky Lab for Russia ties

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  • The Biden administration announced sanctions against 12 executives and senior leaders of Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cybersecurity company.
  • The Commerce Department banned Kaspersky from conducting new business in the US, citing national security concerns.

The Biden administration announced sanctions against 12 executives and senior leaders of Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cybersecurity company, due to concerns over their alleged cooperation with Russian intelligence agencies. The Commerce Department also banned Kaspersky from conducting new business in the US and prohibited existing users of their antivirus software from downloading updates. This move is part of a broader effort to safeguard national security and protect against potential cyber threats. Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO and founder of the company, was not included in the list of sanctioned individuals. However, this action highlights the ongoing tensions surrounding cybersecurity and the relationship between private companies and government agencies.

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