German government issues warning about Kaspersky products2022-03-15 19:39 by Daniela
The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warned organizations against using Kaspersky antivirus software over fears it could be exploited for cyber-espionage or launching cyberattacks amid Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
"A Russian IT manufacturer can carry out offensive operations itself, be forced to attack target systems against its will, or be spied on without its knowledge as a victim of a cyber operation, or be misused as a tool for attacks against its own customers," the BSI said, according to a translation of the statement.
The announcement is the latest in a long line of accusations and moves against the company, including the U.S. government banning the use of Kaspersky products from government systems in 2017. The announcement comes as Russia continues its brutal invasion on Ukraine and fires missiles into its capital Kyiv.
Kaspersky has always rejected accusations that it works with the Kremlin. But its business was badly hit by the US ban, which came into effect at a time when the company's software was installed on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide.
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