Headline June 14, 2017/ ''' KASPERSKY SECURITY-SOFTWARE KAH-PI-TAL '''



ALWAYS  MEANT  TO  ASK.  BUT NEVER  could I get to actually  asking it, till Now   :   Merium, Rabo, Haleema, Saima, Eman, Seher, Sarah, Hussain, Shahzaib Khan, Salar, Vishnu, Mustafa/LUMS........

How does one make these great  security soft wares? Does anybody, any company in Proud Pakistan or India or Burundi,or Cameron, or Afghanistan, for that matter, ever attempted any such work?

Zilli , you bright girl,  can you and  Eman/LUMS  and Zaeem, and........... Ahsen/LUMS, and Zaib/GIK  find this out for me?  For I, for one, am sure that nobody would dare attempt it in this part of the world?   

Do check though and let us know. 

TOP UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE CHIEFS have  just  so   recently expressed  grave doubts about the  global-security firm Kaspersky Labs because of its roots in Russia.

Six leading  intelligence officials  told a Senate hearing on external threats to the United States  of their concerns over the  firm's broad presence, without specifying any particular threat.

Asked if he was aware of  security threat tied to  Kaspersky Software, Federal Bureau of  Investigation acting director  Andrew McCabe replied, '' We are very concerned about it and we are focused on it very closely.''

Defense Intelligence  Agency director  Lieutenant General  Vincent Stewart said his agency is avoiding the company's products.

''There is, as well as I know, no  Kaspersky Software  in our Networks,''  he said, adding that the Agency's private sector contractors are also steering clear.

Also indicating their concerns in brief were the  heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial Agency and the Director of National Intelligence.

''I am personally aware and  involved as director of  National Security Agency in the  Kaspersky Lab issue.''  NSA head Mike Rogers said.

Kaspersky was founded in Moscow in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky, a computer scientist and engineer who served in the Russian military.

The company quickly expanded to a global presence, with 3,600 employees,  400  million users  of its software, and revenue of some $620 million in 2015, according to its website.

Its antivirus programs regularly rank in top five of such software for personal and business computers.

But US officials have expressed  doubts over its recruitment of some stuff with alleged links to Russian defense and intelligence bodies.

Some worry that it might offer Russian intelligence a  secret backdoor  into user's computers. US officials are particularly worried that foreign hackers could penetrate  US infrastructure  via  suspect software and malware.

Kaspersky denied having ties to any government.

''The company has never helped nor will help, any government in the world with its cyber espionage efforts,'' it said in a recent statement.

''Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely  unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations.''

Commenting on Reddit last Thursday, Eugene Kaspersky also said his company had no links to the  Russian government , offering to testify in the Senate.

''I respectfully disagree with their opinions, and I'm very sorry   these gentlemen can't use the best software on the market because of political reasons,'' he said referring to the  intelligence chiefs.

The allegations against Kaspersky  come amid heightened  US concerns over Russian hacking after what intelligence chiefs say was a significant effort directed by the Russian President  Vladmir Putin to interfere with last year's elections.

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser  Michael Flynn is under investigation for his links to Russia, which includes being paid  $11,250 to speak at a Kaspersky function.

But Sean Kanuck, a former  CIA  officer who was the first US national intelligence officer for  cyber issues, said the worries about Kaspersky have mainly come from US lawmakers who don't understand that it gets paid by companies and U.S. government agencies to have  ''front door'' access to their systems.

''That means any Congressional questions about  ''back doors''  in Kaspersky products reflect  a certain naivete, because of many Kaspersky's clients are intentionally paying for  ''full content''  monitoring on their networks. 

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