The Chinese government’s procurement office has blocked both Kaspersky Lab and Symantec from its list of approved antivirus suppliers, according to the Chinese people’s daily, a state controlled newspaper. The news was reported on the paper’s English twitter account.
The Russian and US based companies were not approved, but, the Five other vendores of anti virus that were approved were all Chinese:Beijing Jiangmin, Venustech, Rising, CAJinchen, and Qihoo 360 Technology Co.
Reuters news agency quoted Kasparsky’s spokesman, who said that: “We are investigating and engaging in conversations with Chinese authorities about this matter. It is too premature to go into any additional details at this time.”
Last month Symantec held talks with the Chinese Government following reports on a ban that was given to one of its software products, used for the prevention of data loss. Symantec stated than that there were no signs or evidence that its flagship product, the antivirus, was banned. During its most recent fiscal year (ended in March), Symantec’s Asia Pacific (The area that includes China) revenues dropped by 10% to 1.2$ Billion.