The Chinese government has removed Kaspersky and Symantec programs from its list of trusted anti-virus software. Both anti-virus companies were also removed from the vendor lists of the state procurement agency.
Local media believe that this is related to attempts by the government to restrict use of foreign technologies by citizens.
The current list of trusted anti-virus developers includes five Chinese companies: Qihoo 360 Technology Co, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin and Rising.
A Kaspersky Lab press representative said that the company is currently in talks with Chinese authorities, but claimed that it would be “too premature to go into any additional details at this time”.