A report in the National Journal said a number of lawmakers had refused to rule out a total prohibition on Kaspersky software in critical infrastructure.
It quoted West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin as saying he would back such a ban on anything that was critical to the US national defence, be it economic, financial or infrastructure.
The move against Kaspersky Lab has come in the wake of allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections. Recently, the US approved more sanctions against Russia and Moscow retaliated by saying it would expel several hundred American diplomats.
The report quoted Texas Republican Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, as claiming that the growing suspicion of Kaspersky predated the crisis in Ukraine and the more recent US-Russia tension.
“(Eugene) Kaspersky’s a Russian,” McCaul said. “And his affiliation with the Russian government — they’re obviously one of our biggest foreign adversaries in cyber space, so there’s always been that concern.”
“But I think now more has come out. I can’t really get into it.”
Eugene has offered to testify before US Congress and also offered to provide the source code of his company's products for review.