Top US retailer pulls Kaspersky Lab products

Top US retailer pulls Kaspersky Lab products

Despite Kaspersky Lab's continued denial that is has ties with any government​

Best Buy, the No.1 electronics retailer in the United States, is pulling Kaspersky Lab's cyber security products from its shelves and website, amid concerns that the Moscow-based vendor may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Best Buy felt there were "too many unanswered questions" and so decided to discontinue selling the antivirus products, said US newspaper StarTribune, which first reported the retailer's decision, citing a source familiar with the matter. 

A Best Buy spokeswoman confirmed the report but declined to provide further details.

A US Congressional panel had asked government agencies to share documents on the cyber security firm, saying its products could be used to carry out "nefarious activities against the United States", Reuters reported in July

The US administration had in July removed Kaspersky Lab from its lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment.

Kaspersky Lab, which has denied ties with any government, said on Friday the companies had suspended their ties.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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