September 14, 2017 / 7:26 PM / 6 months ago

Kaspersky Lab co-founder invited to testify to Congress later this month

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder and chief executive of Moscow-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, was invited on Thursday to testify to U.S. lawmakers later this month over the security of its products.

The U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee said on Thursday it invited Kaspersky to testify on Sept. 27. U.S. government and private sector cyber experts were also invited.

Kaspersky Lab did not immediately respond when asked if its chief executive would attend.

The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the company was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security. (Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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