Kaspersky Lab has laughed off attempts to have its wares banned from US government computers by saying it hardly sold to the Feds anyway.
“Given that U.S. government sales have not been a significant part of the company’s activity in North America, Kaspersky Lab is exploring opportunities to better optimize the Washington D.C. office responsible for threat intelligence offerings to U.S. government entities,” the company says in a statement.
The statement goes on to say that “North America remains a strategic market for Kaspersky Lab”. So strategic, in fact, that it plans to open offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto Canada during 2018.
“Expanding the company’s presence in the region will better enable Kaspersky Lab to provide its customers with the best cybersecurity solutions and services,” the statement said.
Company founder Eugene Kaspersky’s Tweeted take on the topic is below.
Despite geopolitical turbulence we remain committed to N.American customers: 3 reg.offices to be opened in 2018 https://t.co/51OURGHnCc pic.twitter.com/I11gtktXjx
— Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) September 12, 2017
Kaspersky Lab’s statements ignore the fact that it faces a wider backlash after retailer Best Buy withdrew its products from its shelves. Best Buy did not link its decision to US Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s attempt to have Kaspersky banned on government computers, but didn’t explain it either.
Senator Shaheen argued for the ban on grounds that Kaspersky products chat to servers in Russia, which she characterises as a “hostile country”. That allegation is made possible by findings that Russia interfered in the United States 2016 election season, spreading misinformation and possibly abetting hackers of the Democratic National Congress and/or making sure the results of that heist made it to Wikileaks.
Vendors have survived this sort of thing before: Huawei remains forbidden from selling to the US and Australian governments, but its consumer handset business is doing very well in both markets and its enterprise business is a contender in many industries. ®
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Adobe has patched only two vulnerabilities in Flash Player this month, but they can both be exploited for remote code execution and both have been classified as critical.
The flaws, tracked as CVE-2017-11281 and CVE-2017-11282, were discovered by Mateusz Jurczyk and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero in Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier. The security holes are caused by memory corruption issues.
Adobe said there was no evidence that either of the two flaws had been exploited in attacks before the patches were released. Adobe and several tech giants have decided to kill Flash Player by the end of 2020.
The company has also released patches for a couple of vulnerabilities affecting the Windows version of its help authoring tool RoboHelp. RoboHelp 2017.0.1 and earlier and 184.108.40.2060 and earlier are affected by an important input validation flaw that can be exploited for cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, and a moderate-severity unvalidated URL redirect issue that can be leveraged for phishing attacks.
Reynold Regan of the CNSI – Center for Technology & Innovation in Chennai has been credited for reporting the weaknesses to Adobe.
Security updates have also been released for ColdFusion 11 and 2016 to address a critical XML parsing vulnerability and an XSS flaw that can lead to information disclosure. The updates also include mitigations designed to prevent remote code execution via unsafe Java deserialization.
Nick Bloor of NCC Group, Daniel Sayk of Telekom Security, and Daniel Lawson of Depth Security have reported these flaws to Adobe.
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