Russia may retaliate if the U.S. Congress bans the Department of Defense from using Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity software, Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov said.
Any “unilateral political sanctions” by the U.S. may prompt a response from Russia, whose government systems use “a huge proportion of American software and hardware solutions in the IT sphere, even in very sensitive areas,” Nikiforov said in an interview on Friday. He declined to identify U.S. software products that may be affected by any reciprocal sanctions.
A country’s use of “foreign software isn’t necessarily about information risks as it undergoes screening and certification procedures” against possible hidden code that may threaten the security of computer networks, he said.
Amid political controversy in the U.S. over computer hacking and alleged Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, the Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed banning the Pentagon “from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab due to reports that the …