The Dutch obedient to US “requests” to ban anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab. The Dutch have been leading in the anti-Russia propaganda ever since the coup d’état in Kiev in February 2014. With US pressure mounting to conform with the new sanctions on Iran, the European nations will be forced to choose for the warmongering AngoSaxons or transgess to open markets of EurAsian block of nations.
The UK has positioned itself as intriguant to play both sides in the coming months as Brexit is clouding everyone’s rational thinking.
Kaspersky Lab To Open Swiss Data Centre, Amid Dutch Ban
Kaspersky had been hoping that its ‘transparency centres’ will ease Western concerns over allegations its software is used by Russian intelligence for spying purposes.
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Kaspersky Lab was quoted as saying by Reuters that part of the new facility would be based in Zurich, and the company had chosen Switzerland for its “policy of neutrality” and strong data protection laws.
But if the Russian firm hoped that the Swiss facility would help, the Dutch government handed it a blunt setback this week.
Dutch justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus told MPs in a letter that the cabinet had decided to stop using anti-virus software produced by Kaspersky Lab, in order to guarantee national security.
The letter also advised Dutch companies which work with the defence ministry and other vital services to stop using the software.
Kaspersky Lab has spent the best part of a year or more denying it has any links to Russian intelligence services, but a number of Western governments have banned its use within governmental departments.
The Russian firm has filed a legal challenge against an order issued by the US Department for Homeland Security, banning its products from use by government agencies.
In the UK, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned government departments not to use antivirus software with links to Russia – such as those of Kaspersky Lab – for systems related to national security.
Kaspersky has repeatedly denied its tools could be used to pass information to the Russian authorities.
Kaspersky Lab unravels the Israel/US patented Stuxnet virus unleashed on Iran and its nuclear facilities before 2006.
- Stuxnet was believed to have set back Iranian nuclear progress by two years by interfering with processing plants. It was capable of four exploits – something unprecedented at the time it was discovered – and targeted Siemens SCADA equipment, used in industrial facilities to automate production processes.
○ RSA 2013: Stuxnet Attacks On Iran May Have Been Active In 2005
○ STUXNET US-Israel Cooperation Cyber Warfare on Iran
○ The Man Who Found Stuxnet – Sergey Ulasen in the Spotlight
○ Hacktivist Group Anonymous Attacks Nation States – Jan. 2011
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