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Kaspersky hits back at Barclays snub

05 Décembre 2017

In a letter to the United Kingdom government, Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC, said Russian Federation has the intent "to target United Kingdom central government and the UK's critical national infrastructure" and there are "obvious risks around foreign ownership" of companies that produce anti-virus software. That includes products developed by security software maker Kaspersky Lab, which just a few days ago denied any links with the Kremlin. That was no doubt exacerbated by the decision of the UK National Cyber Security Centre's chief, Ciaran Martin, to write to civil servants recommending they do not use Kaspersky software for government business.

"The NCSC advises that Russian Federation is a highly capable cyber threat actor which uses cyber as a tool of statecraft".

'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.

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, worldwide negotiations, defence and other sensitive information.

In a press release, the DHS said that Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, and this, in turn, offers cyber criminals the opportunity to compromise those information systems.

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It follows statements by Prime Minister Theresa May that Russian Federation is "acting against the UK's national interest in cyberspace".

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

But despite warnings against the use of Russian software in government, Levy said there's "no compelling case at present to extend that advice to wider public sector, more general enterprises, or individuals".

"We have made the precautionary decision to no longer offer Kaspersky software to new users", said Barclays in an email to customers.

"It's very important to note that the NCSC is not encouraging consumers or businesses against using Kaspersky Lab software", the added. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KASPERSKY CEO, EUGENE KASPERSKY, SAYING: "Our products and our technologies best to fight the malware, they're created to stop at that, to recognize the malicious code not to spy on our customers".

Kaspersky hits back at Barclays snub