China dumps Symantec, Kaspersky Lab from approved vendors

by Charlie Osborne, CNET

China has excluded and Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved antivirus vendors, suggesting a trend of restrictions imposed on foreign technology in favor of home-grown varieties.

State-owned news agency People’s Daily reported the news on Sunday. In a tweet, the publication said the Chinese government’s procurement agency “has excluded Symantec & Kaspersky” from a list of approved cybersecurity software vendors. While the US-based and Russian companies don’t appear to have made the grade, Chinese officials have approved the use of five other firms — all of which are based in China.  

The approved antivirus vendors are Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising, Reuters noted.

A notice was issued by the Public Security Ministry in June which stated Symantec software had security vulnerabilities including back doors which could allow outside access, according to Bloomberg, although the information was not made public. In an emailed statement, Symantec commented:

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