United Kingdom warns about use of Russian AV software

United Kingdom warns about use of Russian AV software

United Kingdom warns about use of Russian AV software

After outlining the way A-V software works and pointing out that it needed administrative access to a system in order to do its job, Martin said: "That's why the country of origin matters".

He said that Russian Federation had...

Mr Martin called Russian Federation a "highly capable cyber threat actor" and said the country had the means "to target United Kingdom central government and the UK's critical national infrastructure".

Kaspersky's spokesperson called allegations of ties to the Kremlin "completely unfounded" at the time, and said that Russian laws and policies are being "misinterpreted".

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"As stated in the company's Global Transparency Initiative announcement, Kaspersky Lab continues to partner with its stakeholders globally, including governments, as part of its ongoing commitment to protect customers from cyber threats".

While the NCSC stressed that there was no evidence that the installation of Kaspersky software was a danger to public privacy, Barclays has acted to stop free downloads to new online banking customers.

The British government according to reports will write through the National Cyber Security Centre informing all government departments warning against using the products for systems related to national security.

The agency's technical director, Ian Levy, said he saw "no compelling case at present to extend that advice to wider public sector, more general enterprises, or individuals".

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The guidance continued: "We will be transparent about the outcome of those discussions with Kaspersky Lab and we will adjust our guidance if necessary in the light of any conclusions".

Around the world, 400 million people use Kaspersky products.

"Whatever you do, don't panic".

Kaspersky has been under intense scrutiny in recent months over the company's alleged ties to Russian intelligence.

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The Israeli officials, who had detected the hacking two years ago, alerted the U.S. that Russian hackers were using the software as a sort of Google search engine for sensitive information, leading the Trump administration to order federal agencies to remove the Moscow-based cybersecurity software company's products from their networks.

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