FCC: Kaspersky Lab Is National Security Threat
March 30, 2022
The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security
Bureau added equipment and services from three entities – AO Kaspersky Lab,
China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc. – to its
list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to
national security, consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted
Communications Networks Act of 2019.
year, for the first time, the FCC published a list of communications equipment
and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security, and we have
been working closely with our national security partners to review and update
this list,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today’s action is the latest
in the FCC’s ongoing efforts, as part of the greater whole-of-government
approach, to strengthen America’s communications networks against national
security threats, including examining the foreign ownership of
telecommunications companies providing service in the United States and revoking
the authorization to operate where necessary. Our work in this area continues.”
The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act requires the Commission to
publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose
an unacceptable risk to national security or the security and safety of U.S.
persons. The FCC published the initial list, commonly referred to as the covered
list, in March 2021, and will continue to update the list as other
communications equipment and services meet the criteria under the law.