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UK warns agencies not to use Kaspersky

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Britain’s cybersecurity agency has told government agencies not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns about Russian snooping.

Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cyber Security Centre, said ‘Russia is acting against the UK’s national interest in cyberspace.’

In a letter dated Friday to civil service chiefs, he said Russia seeks ‘to target UK central government and the UK’s critical national infrastructure.’ He advised that ‘a Russia-based provider should never be used’ for systems that deal with issues related to national security.

The agency said it’s not advising the public at large against using Kaspersky’s popular antivirus products.

Martin said British authorities are holding talks with Kaspersky about developing checks to prevent the ‘transfer of UK data to the Russian state.’

Kaspersky has denied wrongdoing and says it doesn’t assist Russian cyberespionage efforts.

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