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  1. Johnny-be-Good

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    Seems a bit silly to me. Has there been any evidence of inappropriate use of their software, or are we just scared of Russian people? I'm personally not convinced that any US-based antivirus is any less likely to be abused by a government entity. ;-)
     
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    I don't like the idea of any government having access to my computer, my data and how I use it, but as it's been shown Russia has declared cyber war on the US, any association of any company tied to Russian interests is of interest to me.
    At least the US government hasn't declared war on me.....yet :D
     
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    Snowden might disagree with you there. ;)

    But, seriously, I wouldn't want someone judging me or my business only because I'm an American. I don't want to pass judgement on Kaspersky just because they're owned by a guy who is Russian.
     
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    I'm not interested in what Snowden thinks of me :)
    ( and what ever he does think of me, it would be broadcast from Russia, a nation recently seen as an enemy interfering in our election process )


    But I am interested in the source of software. Especially for security when that source has ties to an enemy of the society I reside in. Be it Russia, China or some other unfriendly nation.
    My OP was not to initiate debate. It's there for other's to read and consider an important point.
    It's not that Kaspersky and crew are Russian, it's that the article points out their relationship to the leaders of a nation now seen as an enemy.
     
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    U.S. Senators Seek Military Ban on Kaspersky Lab Products Amid FBI Probe

    https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/28/technology/28reuters-kasperskylab-probe.html

     
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    https://www.itwire.com/government-t...ce-code-offer-means-little-security-firm.html


     
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    Any program that we have installed that uses auto-update, could put our system at risk.
    And so who do we trust?
    Do we only trust program makers in the USA or here, in the UK?
    Should I trust that GCHQ - has my best interests in mind?
    What about the NSA, in the USA?

    It seems evident that all Governments are now spying on each other.
    However, we have now reached the point that because we think that we have proof - then some proof must exist. And how strange is that?

    https://www.itwire.com/government-t...ce-code-offer-means-little-security-firm.html
     
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    Troubling, indeed.
     
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    I'm not sure how useful an antivirus product would be if it doesn't updated. ;)
     
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    The issue really is more to the consideration of trusted sources :)
     
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    Maybe I missed the point of the earlier article... or maybe I'm just not paranoid enough for these theories. ;)
     
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    Sadly, in these times of identity theft, ransomeware and political mischief, paranoia is almost a safety net so long as it's not taken to extremes.
    Problem is...where is that line that crosses into extremes?

    Perhaps that demarcation line moves as technology and the abilities of software advances.
    The Internet seemed a lot more innocent 17 years ago :D

    imo.....to be aware and vigilant is better than to not be aware. :)
     
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