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White House plans to impose sanctions on Kaspersky Lab met with resistance from officials


US sanctions against Russian security software companyKaspersky Lab, being pushed by the White House, are being resisted by officials who fear that itcould set a dangerous precedent for global behaviour online.

The government is pushing for firmer action against Kaspersky - after already barring the company from US government agencies - in response to claims that it has allowed its anti-virus software to be used by the Russian state to snoop on users.

According to a CyberScoop report citing "two officials familiar with the matter" claimed that Treasury Department head Steve Mnuchin had "okayed" sanctions against the Moscow-based company, despite the opposition of several of his advisers.

Nevertheless, the final decision, which was lead by the National Security Council (NSC), rests with the executive branch; which is home to the NSC.

The Treasury Department said that the agency "does not telegraph sanctions or comment on prospective actions" when asked for comment on the...(continued)

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