Kaspersky anti-virus banned in the UK

UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian softwareMore

UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian softwareMore

The head of the Center the national cyber security the United Kingdom said that in the first place we are talking about the agencies responsible for foreign policy, global negotiations, defence and other sensitive information.

This follows an announcement in September by the US Department of Homeland Security, which directed that all government agencies must remove any Kaspersky software from their systems within 90 days.

It follows statements by Prime Minister Theresa May that Russian Federation is "acting against the UK's national interest in cyberspace". For the software to work, access to extensive computer files must be given.

"In drawing this guidance to your attention today, it is our aim to enable departments to make informed, risk-based decisions on your choice of AV provider", Ciaran Martin, CEO of NCSC, said in a statement.

British authorities banned the use of the software of the Russian company Kaspersky Lab in the institutions responsible for national security.

"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", he added. This happened after the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected Kaspersky Lab in cooperation with the FSB.

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"We've made the precautionary decision to no longer offer Kaspersky software to new users, however there's nothing to suggest customers need to stop using Kaspersky", Barclays added.

This includes considering whether to allow remote access to the network, reviewing what information the product can access and carrying out independent investigations to identify information flows can't be accounted for.

The advice from the National Cyber Security Centre comes as Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab is facing accusations that its software helped with the theft of NSA hacking tools on behalf of the Russian government.

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In a letter addressed to the head honchos of several civil service departments, Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cyber Security Centre has stated that, "The specific country we are highlighting in this package of guidance is Russian Federation". It's important that you continue to protect yourself with anti-virus software'.

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