On 11 May 2017, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sure made it appear as if Russian multinational cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Labs, had a stench attached to it.
During the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) session on World Wide Threat Assessment, when Rubio pointedly asked the senior most members of the intelligence community, including DNI Coats, DCI Pompeo and DRINSA Rogers, “Would any one of you be comfortable with Kaspersky Lab’s software on your computers?” To a man, all replied that they would opt not to have Kaspersky Lab’s software on their computers.
Thus with one question, Senator Rubio confirmed, what has long been suspected, that the US intelligence and law enforcement community was investigating the ties between Kaspersky Labs and Russian Intelligence. Indeed, DIRNSA Rogers affirmed that he was “personally involved” and DIA Director Stewart, “We are tracking Kaspersky”. In the public session, no further information was revealed, and thus we are forced to speculate the impetus for the investigation.