Technology U.S. House committee sets new hearing on Kaspersky software

23:35  06 october  2017
23:35  06 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

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The logo of the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab is seen at its headquarters in Moscow © REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin The logo of the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab is seen at its headquarters in Moscow

A U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Friday that it has scheduled a new hearing on Kaspersky Lab software as lawmakers review accusations that the firm's software could be used to conduct espionage on behalf of the Kremlin.

Kaspersky Lab has strongly denied those allegations and offered to send Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky to Washington to testify before Congress.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced the hearing a day after the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post reported that Russian government-backed hackers stole highly classified U.S. cyber secrets from a National Security Agency contractor who had Kaspersky software installed on his laptop.

(Reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington; Writing by Jim Finkle in Toronto; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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