As you can't have failed to notice if you follow the security news, Kaspersky is having a tough time in America.
That's because the-powers-that-be are recommending that companies ditch the Russian anti-virus product, in case it's in secret cahoots with the Kremlin to spy on Western customers.
The chiefs of the United States's intelligence agencies have said publicly that they wouldn't feel comfortable running Kaspersky anti-virus software on their computers, and the company is going to have a tough time selling its security solutions into the Department of Defense for fear of "Russian government influence".
There have even been some below-the-belt allegations that the company's founder, Eugene Kaspersky, has been socialising with Kremlin agents at the sauna (no, I'm not making this up).
Eugene Kaspersky himself has offered to open up his product's source code for inspection by the US authorities and repeatedly offered to meet with government officials, and testify before US Congress.
There's lots of drama here, mixed with a fair amount of paranoia, but the missing ingredient? Any evidence of wrongdoing.
As far as I can see it really boils down to one thing: Kaspersky is Russian. And that's a good enough reason to make his company's life really difficult in the States. But it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for the more security-savvy media...
Kaspersky is barred from US gov contracts & Best Buy and gov is running public campaign to condemn it. Never seen anything like this before https://t.co/mIQ3dXyk6S
— Kim Zetter (@KimZetter) September 8, 2017
..and it shouldn't be good enough for you.
What's odd is that if the Americans are so worried about Kaspersky products, wouldn't it also make sense for other countries to also be wary of their industries relying on the software? When will we see the British, the French, the Australians, the Germans also boycott Kaspersky? Or will they instead wait until there is some convincing evidence that something bad is afoot at Kaspersky HQ?
A witch hunt against a long-established major player in the infosecurity space should be something that brings the industry together. So it galls me to see McAfee use the situation to its advantage, by engaging in some really tacky promotions.
FBI Advises Removal of Kaspersky for suspected ties to Russian Spies
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I've seen some really tacky things from the anti-virus industry over the last 25 years, but I think this possibly reaches a new low. That's pretty shitty McAfee.
If McAfee is such a great product they should be comfortable extolling their virtues and benefits, rather than dancing a jig of glee at a rival struggling with a changing geo-political landscape.