Kaspersky was placed among hostile companies in the US. Germany recommends uninstalling it

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The controversy surrounding the Kaspersky antivirus continues. Russian software that detects malware on PCs of many computers around the world has been placed on the list of hostile software from the United States. The filing operation involved several companies, including Chinese ones, and is aimed at securing American cyberspace from unwanted foreign state interference.

The Russian-born cybersecurity firm, which claims to have more than 400 million users worldwide, was added to the Federal Communications Commission's list of limited entities on Friday, along with two Chinese companies.

Now that Kaspersky is on the list, which also includes Huawei and China Telecom, American companies are prohibited from purchasing its products or services using federal subsidies.

FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel argues that the move " will help protect our networks from threats posed by state-backed Chinese and Russian entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America's interests ."

To be fair, this provision was decided at the time by President Trump and was mandatorily addressed to the country's security agencies. Implemented today on a large scale under the Ukrainian conflict and the discovery of the Daxin malware of Chinese origin. While Eugene Kaspersky has tried with a letter to reassure the states and the markets and has been renewed the certification to the software that decrees the status of "proof of government pressure, Germany has joined the chorus of suspicions and precautionary suggestions to its citizens to uninstall the product.

Even Italy, according to the latest directives of the CSIRT, has brought to the attention of the population a potential risk deriving from Russian software.