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American multinational office supplies retailer Staples has become the third big chain in the country to pull Kaspersky Lab software from its shelves.

Best Buy was the first to stop selling Kaspersky software, announcing its decision last month. Office Depot followed suit earlier this week.

Bloomberg reported that Staples had removed the software from its website and all its stores on Thursday.

The company refused to tell the news agency about the reason for its decision.

Only Amazon of the big US retailers now stocks Kaspersky software. However, as Politico cyber security reporter Eric Geller pointed out, the reviews for the software were not the best.

The US Department of Homeland Security in September issued a blanket ban on government agencies using Kaspersky software.

At the time the agency said: "This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems.

"Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, which can be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems."

Moves against Kaspersky Lab in the US have been ramped up since the presidential elections of 2016, after claims that Russia had interfered to influence things in favour of Donald Trump.

Since then, the FBI has been briefing private sector companies and advising them to stop using Kaspersky products.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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