Updated · May 20, 2022
Germany Warns Against Use of Kaspersky Antivirus Software
Updated · Mar 16, 2022
Germany’s cybersecurity agency has issued warnings for customers running the popular antivirus software headquartered in Russia.
Kaspersky’s Integrity Questioned
The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has asked German citizens not to install the Kaspersky antivirus software. The cybersecurity agency issued the warning in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“A Russian IT manufacturer can carry out offensive operations itself, or be forced against its will to target systems, or be spied on as a victim of a cyber operation without its knowledge or as a tool for attacks against its own customers,” the BSI warning claimed.
The agency went on to recommend that Kaspersky users replace the antivirus products with other alternatives.
“Not Based on Technical Assessment”
In a reaction, Kaspersky countered the BSI’s warning. It insisted it was not based on an assessment of its systems but politically motivated. The company said that it would seek clarification on the issue.
“We will continue to assure our partners and customers in the quality and integrity of our products, and we will be working with the BSI for clarification on its decision and for the means to address its and other regulators’ concerns.”
Following the Warning
Bundesliga football club Eintracht Frankfurt announced an immediate termination of its sponsorship agreement with Kaspersky. The club said it is acting on the BSI’s warning.
“We’ve always made it clear that we base the continuation of our partnership with Kaspersky on facts and attitude, not on nationalities,” Chief Executive Officer Axel Hellmann said in a statement.
“The BSI’s warning represents a decisive change in the factual situation and thus our confidence in the ability of Kaspersky’s products and services to provide protection.”
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