Peskov was speaking after the Trump administration on Wednesday told US government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security.
The House Science Committee has announced an upcoming hearing to examine "the risks Kaspersky products pose to USA information systems", in the aftermath of the Department of Homeland Security directing agencies to discontinue use of such cybersecurity products.
But he denied that his company is involved in any Russian spying.
Security experts told Fox News that they were not surprised by the DHS move.
The U.S. government action raised the question of whether those users should follow the U.S. government's lead.
Also in July, the U.S. government's General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors. In July, the US General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors. "The US has aired similar concerns about other companies, like Chinese telecom company Huawei, which is now banned from entering the US network equipment market".
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Russia also came to its defense Thursday, with a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizing the US ban.
Agencies have 90 days to comply unless given instruction to do otherwise, as the Washington Post first reported. The allegations about Kaspersky having cosy relations with Russian intelligence have been around for years as in this Bloomberg article from 2015.
He also said that he has been offered to meet with the government officials "repeatedly" to testify before the Congress and "provide the company's source code for an official audit and discuss any other means to help address any questions the US government has about Kaspersky Lab - whatever it takes", he wrote to Forbes. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act this week that would ban Kaspersky software from any federal computer. "The Department's priority is to ensure the integrity and security of federal information systems".
Shaheen welcomed the DHS move in a tweet on Wednesday.
While he described the revenue his firm earns from the USA government as "close to zero", the wider United States market accounts for about a quarter of Kaspersky's sales. "Kaspersky is a direct threat to national security", she tweeted. The department also noted that Russian law might compel Kaspersky to assist the government in espionage. "The Department wants to ensure that the company has a full opportunity to inform the Acting Secretary of any evidence, materials, or data that may be relevant", it said.
"The risk that the Russian government - whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky - could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products (in order) to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security", the directive said.