The US regulator FCC has placed security company Kaspersky on the blacklist of companies that pose a risk to national security.
Kaspersky was added to the FCC’s so-called entity list on March 25, Bloomberg says. It is the first Russian company on the list, which is dominated mainly by Chinese enterprises.
Once a company is on the list, companies and federal entities in the U.S. are no longer allowed to trade with them unless an exception is made by the government.
Two Chinese companies, China Telecom and China Mobile international USA, were also added to the entity list. However, it is not uncommon for Chinese companies to be placed on the list. After all, well-known brands such as Huawei and DJI are also on it.
According to FCC Commissioner Brandan Carr, the move will help ensure U.S. State Security.
“This will help us secure our networks from threats from Chinese and Russian state-backed entities. They are looking for ways to spy on us and in other ways harm America’s interests.”