US Bans Use of Russian Cybersecurity Software, Firm Denies Claims

Following the U.S. Commerce Department’s ban on Kaspersky software in the United States, the cybersecurity business denied any security risks.

The decision will not impact their capacity to sell and market their cyber security services and instruction in the U.S., according to the Moscow-based corporation. According to Kaspersky, the administration didn’t objectively verify the danger but instead relied on theoretical concerns and the current geopolitical situation.

Because of its ties to Russia, the Commerce Department has determined that Kaspersky presents an intolerable and unreasonable threat to American national security.

The US State Department claims that since Eugene Kaspersky is a Russian citizen and Kaspersky’s operations are based in Russia, the laws of Russia apply to him. Its software may be used to identify valuable U.S. residents’ data and make it accessible to Russian government agents, according to the department, which determined that the decision to prohibit it was well-supported. Whether or not Kaspersky’s products successfully detect malware is less of a concern than the possibility that they may be strategically used to attack the United States.

 Kaspersky officials have said that they would not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from Russian citizens and that their Russian operations and staff only have access to aggregate or statistical data. They said that the US government’s decision would mainly favor criminals while limiting consumer and business choices in cyber defense.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and social media platform X, recently slammed Apple, the technology giant.

Musk said that if Apple does not back out of its intentions to include OpenAI’s controversial ChatGPT technology into the company’s operating system, the tech billionaire would ban the ‘creepy’ Apple products from his companies.

Apple’s Tim Cook announced that ChatGPT would be available on macOS, iPadOS, and iOS. Users would have seamless access to ChatGPT’s features, such as picture and document interpretation. At times, ChatGPT’s intelligence could also be used by Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.

Musk said that if Apple implements OpenAI at the operating system level, then his enterprises will prohibit Apple products. Visitors would be required to leave their Apple gadgets at the entrance, which would be secured in a Faraday cage.

Musk is concerned about how Apple’s collaboration with OpenAI may affect user privacy and security. He thinks Apple is selling its customers’ data to other parties like OpenAI without knowing what happens to the data after it leaves their possession.