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UK cyber agency warns over use of Russian software

Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 01:31

Britain’s main cyber security agency is set to write to British government departments warning about the use of anti-virus software from Russian companies, it's the latest in a series of moves targeting Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab. Kate King reports.

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The UK has joined the U.S. in issuing a warning over the use of anti-virus software from Russian companies. The director of Britain's National Cyber Security agency is to write to all government departments urging against the use of the programs when dealing with sensitive information, in case it's exploited by Moscow. That includes products developed by security software maker Kaspersky Lab, which just a few days ago denied any links with the Kremlin. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KASPERSKY CEO, EUGENE KASPERSKY, SAYING: "If the Russian government comes to me and asks me to do anything wrong, or my employees I will move the business out of Russia." Roughly 400 million people around the world use products made by Kaspersky Labs. For the software to work, access to extensive computer files must be given. Earlier this year the U.S. government banned its networks from using the software, amid concerns over links to Russian intelligence. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KASPERSKY CEO, EUGENE KASPERSKY, SAYING: "Our products and our technologies best to fight the malware, they're designed to stop at that, to recognize the malicious code not to spy on our customers." The UK's Cyber Agency says it's working with Kaspersky to mitigate risks, and that there's no evidence of any espionage to date. However, just last month Prime Minister Theresa May suggested Moscow may have been acting against British interests in cyberspace.

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UK cyber agency warns over use of Russian software

Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 01:31