15% of federal agencies have Kremlin-linked Kaspersky Lab software on systems

Russian President Vladimir Putin

United Kingdom surveillance network GCHQ suspects Kaspersky may have been used by Russian spying agency the FSB to gather intelligence on sensitive foreign targets, and military and government officials are said to be the exposed, the Financial Times reported.

The Financial Times newspaper earlier wrote that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was concerned over cooperation between Barclays Bank and Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky denies the allegations and said it did not have "inappropriate ties with any government". All departments had 30 days to identify the presence of the products within their agencies and 90 days to discontinue use and remove the software from their systems, per the Trump administration's directive.

Ninety-six of 102 federal agencies have reported on whether they found Kaspersky software on their networks, Manfra told the oversight subcommittee of the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

DHS is working with the remaining six "very small" agencies to assess their networks, Manfra said.

The government was generally complying with the directive to remove the software, she said.

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Asked if the company is considering suing the US government, a spokeswoman for Kaspersky said the company "continues to consider all possible options". Kaspersky said the company's analysts were tracking a powerful group of hackers and were triggered by an alert on a computer an NSA employee took home.

Kaspersky provided a "significant" response under a deadline of November 10, Manfra said, adding that the response is still being reviewed by department lawyers.

At the same time, according to the newspaper, "Barclays officials said they were seeking to quit the deal with Kaspersky for commercial reasons and that the move had no connection with GCHQ's concerns".

The company "Kaspersky Lab" has involvement in spying on the residents of Britain in favor of the FSB.

At a Senate intelligence committee hearing in May, top US officials were asked whether they would be comfortable with Kaspersky software on their computers.

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