Germany Warns Against Use of Kaspersky Antivirus Software

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 19, 2022

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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. 

According to the BSI, Russian tech companies, such as Kaspersky, could be made to hack IT systems. They can also be used as a base for launching cyberattacks by Russian agencies.

“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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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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