Trump approves federal ban on Kaspersky

If Kaspersky tried to mend its relationship with the US government these past months, then its efforts likely failed. The president has just signed a defense policy spending bill into law, and it includes the government's ban on using the Moscow-based company's anti-virus product. While the US already prohibited its federal agencies from using Kaspersky back in September, this makes things official -- feds will have to switch anti-virus programs if they haven't yet.

The security firm has been under fire over the past year after it was accused of working with Russian intelligence. According to a New York Times report, Israel told the United States that its people witnessed Russian hackers break into NSA's computers to steal secrets using the anti-virus software. It lost a lot of federal business as a result, and even UK's cyber security authorities warned its country's agencies against using Kaspersky.The company can still sell to private entities, but i...