With apologies to Norman Jewison’s 1966 movie The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, things have changed. Either, 1) the Russians are already here (and there seems to be plenty of public noise to that effect; obviously they helped Trump become president), or, 2) Russians are getting kicked out here and there. Let’s go with the latter notion.
One of the more popular, more notorious, and widely used security software tech companies is Kaspersky Labs. That’s Kaspersky as in Russian. Let’s see. Hmmm. A Russia-based company that distributes security software all over the world. What could go wrong?
Yes, you can get Kaspersky Labs software for your Mac. What does it do?
- Securing my shopping transactions
- Protecting my identity and privacy
- Keeping my children safe online
- Managing multiple passwords and logins
- Securely storing and deleting files on my PC
- Getting automatic alerts about new dangers
- Keeping my PC [Mac] running smoothly, securely
That’s Russian promotional copy, but wow! What’s not to like? Oh, yeah. That Russian connection. Citing that Russian connection and the Kremlin’s predisposition to spy and hack, numerous countries around the world have banned Kasperky software from use in government facilities. The latest was the good old U.S. of A. V3:
President Trump has signed into law an order banning the use of Kaspersky Lab products within US government organisations.
Kaspersky has been accused of allowing its anti-virus software to be used by Russian intelligence to exfiltrate information from the PCs of US government officials, although little evidence has been presented to back-up such claims.
Evidence? That seems to be something we don’t have much of these days. Senator Jeanne Shaheen:
The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue.
We need to re-establish trust in relationships between companies, governments and citizens. That’s why we’re launching this Global Transparency Initiative: we want to show how we’re completely open and transparent.
Does this not sound like President Putin? It’s Kaspersky again.
We’ve nothing to hide. And I believe that with these actions we’ll be able to overcome mistrust and support our commitment to protecting people in any country on our planet.
If there is anything I’ve noticed in recent years it’s the growth of misinformation without basis to become information. Kaspersky might be a haven for Kremlin spying, but shouldn’t some proof or evidence be a requirement and not just because Kaspersky is Russian?
Besides, I thought Putin and Trump were buddies.
Remember all the Apple is doomed memes from the past few years (or, from forever ago; Apple seems to attract these nattering nabobs of negativism, members all of the technorati elite politburo)? Apple may have issues here and there but the company seems financially healthy; even more so when compared to competitors.
I’ve read how bad the Iran deal was but haven’t read why. I’ve read how terrible and in tatters the F.B.I. is but haven’t read how. Kaspersky’s software might be phoning home, so to speak, but wouldn’t it be beneficial to display some evidence?
If Apple suffers from success wouldn’t it be just as beneficial to explain how?