Potential action against Kaspersky Lab could become model for similar action against TikTok or other Chinese-controlled technologies

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Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has denied that it works with Russia or any government to facilitate cyber espionage.

Photo: Savostyanov Sergei/Zuma Press

WASHINGTON—President Biden’s Commerce Department is weighing an enforcement action under its online-security rules against Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company that has long faced accusations of posing a threat to the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.

The action—if it materializes—could become a test case for the Commerce Department’s growing role in policing threats online, according to some of the people, who said the U.S. might deploy the same online-security rules against Chinese-controlled technologies, possibly including TikTok.

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