UK Warns Government Agencies from Using Kaspersky Products

UK Warns Government Agencies from Using Kaspersky Products

The UK Warns Government Agencies from Using Kaspersky anti-virus software. This is a blow to the Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab. The company has been having bad months amid allegations its signature anti-virus software scans for and identifies files of interest to Russian cyber spies.

UK Warns Government Agencies from Using Kaspersky Products

Prime Minister Theresa May said last month, Russia was “weaponizing information” and interfering in elections to undermine the international order.

Kaspersky publicly contends a high-profile occurrence in which it allegedly stole classified files from a National Security Agency contractor’s computer was due to dumb mistakes on that individual’s part, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. government from banning the use of the company’s products at federal agencies.

The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre issued new guidance on the risk posed by “cloud-enabled products.”

In a separate letter to government ministry leadership, it wrote that agencies “need to be vigilant to the risk that an [antivirus] product under the control of a hostile actor could extract sensitive data from that network or indeed cause damage to the network itself.”

“To that end, we advise that where it is assessed that access to the information by the Russian state would be a risk to national security, a Russia-based AV company should not be chosen,”

Martin wrote. “In practical terms, this means that for systems processing information classified SECRET and above, a Russia-based provider should never be used.”

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