Just when you thought you have heard it all when it comes to Russia — Best Buy joins the tin-foil hat club.
- The electronics store company Best Buy says it will stop selling products made by computer security firm
- Best Buy said it was concerned that the company has ties to Russian spies
- Kaspersky denies it has links to the Russian government and confirmed it was no longer doing business with the chain store
- A statement by Kaspersky said the ‘relationship may be re-evaluated in the future’
- Kaspersky is a global business with an estimated 400 million product users
- One senator said she was introducing legislation to ban US government bodies from using Kaspersky software
- No evidence has been presented to back up assertions that it might be a tool of Moscow
In the wake of the 2016 election, in a desperate bid to not be at fault, Dems have started finding Russian influence in everything. The Ruskies buy ads on the internet. They publish news on Facebook. Sometimes, they even have favored candidates in elections. It’s been reported that they sometimes talk to Americans, on the phone, and in person. Best Buy saw these revelations, and the company knew what it had to do; pull Kaspersky security products off the shelves.
It stands to reason that companies like Kaspersky, a widely-respected security firm, – Kaspersky reportedly provides security software to some 400 million customers around the world. – must be a secret branch of the Russian state’s spy agency. The company is based in Russia, and the founder, Kaspersky, went to a Technical School run by the Soviet government, at a time when all schools were run by the Soviet government. Which, while entirely circumstantial, and wildly improbable, seems to be the working theory. (Related: “Blackout” Hackers Gain Direct Access to U.S. Power Grid Controls)
As far as anybody has been able to tell, Kaspersky security software has no back doors, and doesn’t do anything except what it’s supposed to (Inasmuch as that’s true of any software). Kaspersky is Russian, though, which is a clear indication that his security software is itself a patriotic Russian. (Related: Largest Solar Flare In Decades Strikes Earth — Causing Blackouts)
While it would be naive to assume the impossibility of such a conspiracy, it is far more ridiculous to assume the probability. It may be that the decision is based on the company’s own experience as a pseudo-spy agency, when Geek Squad employees were being paid by the FBI to perform warrantless searches on the computers of customers suspected of crimes. While the noble goal of the FBI seems to have been to catch purveyors of child porn, the reality of warrantless searches, performed by Geek Squad shift workers, being used in an FBI investigation is a little terrifying. I asked Geek Squad a question once. Once. (Related: China Super Bug Growing Global Threat To ALL Humans)
The whole situation reminds me of an old Bob Dylan song about the Red Scare, which, if you replace “Reds” with “Russians”, actually sounds a lot like what’s going on today. Best Buy seems to have taken one verse far too seriously, though:
Well, I was sittin’ home alone an’ started to sweat
Figured they was in my T.V. set
Peeked behind the picture frame
Got a shock from my feet, hittin’ right up in the brain
Them Reds caused it
I know they did, them hard-core ones
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