In recent weeks, there has been a worrying trend for governments to demand that private technology companies share their source code if they want to do business. Now, the US government has given the same ultimatum and gets what it wants.
On Sunday, the CEO of Kaspersky Lab security company Eugene Kaspersky told The Associated Press he wanted to show the US government’s source code.
“Can I do anything to show that we do not behave maliciously, I will,” Kaspersky said, insisting that he opened a statement to Congress.
The willingness of the company to share its source code is a proposal in the Senate proposed “banned [Department of Defense] to use software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab.”
“The Secretary of Defense will ensure that any network connection between … the Ministry of Defense and a US government department or agency that uses or hosts on its network software platform [associated with Kaspersky Lab] Cut immediately. ”
Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, told ABC News that there is “a consensus in Congress and administration officials that Kaspersky Lab can not be trusted to protect critical infrastructure.”
Fears after years of FBI suspicions under which Kaspersky Labs is too close to the Russian government. The company is based in Russia but Moscow and has worked with the FBI in the past, which often acts as an intermediary to help the two governments cooperate.
“As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no connection to any government, and society did not help or help, no government in the world with its cyber espionage efforts,” said an official statement from Kaspersky Labs.
The proposal received a formal response from Minister of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov Russian. He warned that any “unilateral political sanctions” would provoke reprisals by Russia.
He emphasized that his government is using “a large proportion of American software solutions and hardware in the IT field, even in very sensitive areas.”
The fight against the source code comes at a time when Americans are deeply suspicious of the Russian government.
The Russians had a share in the piracy of the 2016 election combined with many suspicious links in our president’s country.
But establishing the previous gain trust through access to the source code is dangerous because it is capitulating to these requests.
Russia has made similar requests to private companies recently.
Large technology companies such as Cisco, IBM, Hewlett Packard Company, McAfee and SAP have agreed to give the Russian government access to “security code products such as firewalls, antivirus and software applications containing encryption” according to Reuters. Security firm Symantec has refused to cooperate with Russian requests last week.
“This poses a risk to the integrity of our products that we will not accept,” a Symantec spokesman said in a statement.