Reply to post: Re: I guess NOFORN doesn't apply anymore?

UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

Adrian 4 Silver badge

Re: I guess NOFORN doesn't apply anymore?

If I wanted to use an AV to steal secrets, the first thing I would do is found a company that would be seen as trustworthy. Making it overtly Russian is just bad marketing (for that purpose). Russians have a good reputation for 'clever' stuff so it will only appeal to someone who sees it as good quality but has no particular axe to grind about what country it comes from.

If the spooks want to stop us using foreign software it won't be because there are suspicions about what it does with the data. It's far more likely that any such software is nominally American but very low cost.

It will be because they want to make sure that any spying that's done is done by companies they control.

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