Staples Is Pulling Russian-Made Kaspersky Software From Shelves

Staples Inc. is the latest retailer to stop selling anti-virus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab Inc., which is allegedly linked to Russian spy agencies.

The software was removed from the retailer’s website and is being pulled from all stores on Thursday, a company spokesman confirmed after an inquiry from Bloomberg News.

Best Buy Co. and Office Depot Inc. vowed to stop selling the software last month after the U.S. banned government agencies from using it. Still, it remains available on Inc.’s website.

Staples, owned by private equity firm Sycamore Partners LLC, declined to comment on why it was removing the software.

According to a Homeland Security Department directive, all U.S. agencies are required to identify any Kaspersky products they use and find alternatives.

“This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products,” the DHS said in a statement. “The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.”

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