Nov 30, 2017

All U.S. government agencies have completed scanning for Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, Russian antivirus programs developer and chief executive of Russia's Kaspersky Lab, works on computers at his company's headquarters. Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

All federal agencies have finished scanning their networks for Kaspersky anti-virus software, a Department of Homeland Security official told Axios.

Why it matters: DHS mandated earlier this fall all agencies make plans to scan for the software and remove it within 90 days over concerns Russian intelligence was using Kaspersky as a channel to hack or monitor communications from the U.S. government. The anti-virus software was found in 15% of the agencies, per the official.

After 6 agencies missed an October deadline as part of the removal due to a lack of resources, DHS helped them out, according to Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra, per Nextgov.

What's next: On Dec. 19 the agencies are required to start removing Kaspersky.

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