The chief of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, tweeted a screenshot of an ad for the McAfee Total Protection product where the legend at the top read: "FBI advises removal of Kaspersky for suspected ties top Russian spies".
This legend was followed by the words, "Safeguard with McAfee total protection."
Eugene added the sarcastic heading: "McAfee joins the #cybersecurity hall of shame."
If that was not enough, an American flag forms the background.
But some of the company's moves have been spotted by infosec professionals and it appears that McAfee has more to do with Russia than it is willing to admit.
Here’s McAfee deleting their Russia office from their website. pic.twitter.com/qBGiZe6Z2m— Kevin Beaumont ? (@GossiTheDog) September 20, 2017
Well-known British security researcher Kevin Beaumont tweeted that McAfee had deleted the address of its Russian office from its website.
Quoting a Reuters report, Beaumont pointed out that McAfee was one of many American companies that has allowed Russian authorities to review its source code.
It’s not like McAfee secretly shared their complete source with the Russia FSB intelligence services for years (and countinue to). Oh. pic.twitter.com/oHblJUA59z— Kevin Beaumont ? (@GossiTheDog) September 20, 2017
The report in question says: "In addition to IBM, Cisco and Germany’s SAP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co and McAfee have also allowed Russia to conduct source code reviews of their products, according to people familiar with the companies’ interactions with Moscow and Russian regulatory records."
The ban on Kaspersky is the culmination of a steady stream of actions that began in the wake of claims that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US presidential poll.
It’s also worth pointing McAfee is owned by TPG Capital. Yes, these guys. Their Russian office is where Mcafee’s staff are. pic.twitter.com/o7MJnme2H3— Kevin Beaumont ? (@GossiTheDog) 20 September 2017
On 13 September, the US Department of Homeland Security told all US government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products, with a deadline of 90 days to implement plans to discontinue the use and to remove software from information systems.