Kaspersky Lab continues to be assailed by US lawmakers after a congressional panel asked 22 government agencies to share documents on the company, and suggested that its products could be used to carry out "nefarious activities against the United States".
That's according to letters seen by Reuters from the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology to agencies.
The letters asked for all details on communications between the government agencies and Kaspersky Lab products dating back to the beginning of 2013 - including any risk assessments taken place internally.
In addition, the committee requested lists of any systems that use Kaspersky products, and the names of US government contractors or subcontractors that do so as well. This suggests a deep investigation into the use of Kaspersky software, not just across government but among contractors, too.
Kaspersky Lab founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky has repeatedly denied that his company is ‘too close' to the Russian government and its security agencies and rejected suggestions made by US media that its software could be used to spy on US government computers and netorks.
However, this hasn't stopped the US government distancing itself from the Russian security software company.
The US General Services Administration (GSA) delisted Kaspersky from two lists that government agencies can buy from - even though no evidence has been produced that has indicated that there is anything wrong with Kaspersky's software.
In response, the company said it had been "dragged into a geopolitical fight where each side is trying to use the company as a pawn in its game".
In the letters, the panel's Republican chairman, Lamar Smith wrote: "[The committee] is concerned that Kasperksy Lab is susceptible to manipulation by the Russian government, and that its products could be used as a tool for espionage, sabotage, or other nefarious activities against the United States".
The committee is expecting response from the agencies by 11 August.
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