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.