In short: The Biden administration has been ratcheting up pressure on anti-virus software giant Kaspersky Lab since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine over concerns that Russia could use its products to spy on Western governments, agencies and companies.

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Reuters reports that last year the United States launched an investigation into Kaspersky Lab. The Department of Justice referred the case to the Department of Commerce, but the case did not move forward.

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However, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the White House called on the Commerce Department to continue its investigation, fearing that U.S. federal contractors and critical infrastructure operators using Kaspersky Lab software could be at risk of infiltration.

The White House quickly took action against Kaspersky Lab in the wake of Russia’s actions. It became the first Russian company added to FCC list organizations designated as an unacceptable threat to U.S. national security in March. The designation appeared shortly after Germany. warned his citizens stop using the company’s software, which Kaspersky said was “a response to the geopolitical climate, not a comprehensive assessment of the integrity of Kaspersky’s products and services.”

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Kaspersky Lab was under the microscope of suspicion long before the invasion of Ukraine. In 2017, the company faced claims over possible compromise of its source code by Moscow, and that same year President Trump banned its antivirus products from federal government machines, prompting the company to file a lawsuit.

Exactly what additional action the US may take against Kaspersky Lab as a result of the investigation is not clear, although there is always the possibility that its products will be completely banned in the United States.

Kaspersky Lab has long denied that it has any ties to the Russian government or that it may be under pressure from the Russian government. The company says it moved its data processing infrastructure to Switzerland in 2018.