In a Binding Operational Directive published today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software on government computers.
The decision comes after a Senate Intelligence Committee accused the Russian antivirus vendor of having secret ties to the Russian government.
Senate meetings were held on the topic, and the FBI interviewed a dozen Kaspersky employees working at the company's US offices.
According to the Directive issued today, the DHS is instructing government agencies to "identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems in the next 30 days, to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days, and at 90 days."
Below is the section of the DHS directive that explains the US government's decision to remove Kaspersky software from government PCs.
The DHS is also giving Kaspersky the opportunity to appeal the directive, albeit experts believe this would be a futile effort.
Ever since rumors about the US government's intentions have surfaced, Kaspersky Lab has vehemently denied any accusations. In a statement on its website today, Kaspersky said the same thing after the DHS published its directive.
A month ago, reports revealed the FBI had been holding meetings with the US private sector and pressuring US companies to ditch Kaspersky products.
Last week, US retailer Best Buy removed all Kaspersky Lab products from its stores.
In retaliation to the mounting attacks on Kaspersky's reputation in the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged support for a law that favors Russian software over foreign products on Russian government networks.