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China Bans Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corporation Products

Category: Software
Posted: 05:54PM

In an effort to limit its use of foreign technology, China has excluded anti-virus vendors Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corporation from its approved vendor list. At this time, only five anti-virus brands are approved for use, all of which are developed within China. The announcement from the state-controlled People's Daily shows that Beijing is intent on using domestic information technology products, which is no doubt related to documents that were released by Edward Snowden last year that unveiled United States surveillance programs. Although Symantec officials were not available for contact, Kaspersky spokesman Alejandro Arango noted that the company is working closely with Chinese authorities about the exclusion of its software.

Kaspersky Lab and Symantec are not alone in this challenge to be listed as an approved vendor, as companies like Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft have all reportedly faced challenges with China since the release of documents pertaining to United States surveillance programs. China has even banned governmental use of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, for personal computers.

Source: Reuters

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Cpx on August 5, 2014 01:13AM
Stop spreading misleading bullshit! China banned EVERY foreign antivirus program, not only those 2. Even ESET is banned.
gebraset on August 5, 2014 12:50PM
The article notes that the only approved antivirus programs for the country are currently developed within China, meaning that no foreign antivirus software is listed as approved.

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