DHS Orders Feds to Ditch Software From Russia-Linked Kaspersky Lab

FILE - A Kaspersky employee shuffles tokens around a table-top display at the company's stand at a cybersecurity conference in Lille, northern France, Jan. 25, 2017. Raphael Satter/AP (File)

Federal agencies have been ordered to stop using software made by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the "risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security."

The move came after mounting concerns about Kaspersky, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. FBI agents in June paid visits to at least a dozen employees at home, asking questions about that company's operations as part of the inquiry, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

A Kaspersky spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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