The NCSC warns governmental bodies against using Kaspersky’s products.
Russian antivirus company Kaspersky is warned against once more by the NCSC (short for the National Cyber Security Centre). Governmental authorities are suggested to avoid from employing their program. The scope of these accusations could have global implications, considering the software’s 400 million users around the globe.
Allegations of espionage have been made against Kaspersky in the United States before, but the British cybersecurity institution considers it necessary to warn UK citizens as well, believing that Russia could tap into the antivirus program for spying.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, has spoken out against these suspicions, blaming their spread and falsehood on coordinated efforts of federal law enforcement, media, and interested political parties in the U.S.
A BBC analysis states that the NCSC lacks hard proof against Kaspersky and that its warnings serve as cautionary measures based on analyzing potential risk.
Ian Levy, current technical director for the NCSC, expresses the firm’s belief that Russia does indeed launch digital attacks on the UK for state purposes, thus entailing high levels of risk for governmental structures.
In a letter published on the 1st of December 2017, addressed to prominent figures in the civil service sector, the head of the NCSC Ciaran Martin claims that the Russian government is directly opposed to UK interests in the digital environment. He accuses the foreign power of intending to target infrastructural systems and critical government data in the UK, advising authorities against using any Russian technology for digital protection in any and all matters pertaining to national security.
The NCSC insists that their warnings pertain only to governmental authorities and that the general population should have no reason to refrain from using Kaspersky’s software.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, November 28, Kaspersky CEO discussed the accusations at the company’s HQ in London. Talking with a few local media representatives, he presented an overall summary of the reasons why accusations of espionage had been directed against his firm.
In his declaration, he firmly stated his position against aiding any third party in their spying efforts, reporting that if he were to be asked by a country to commit any wrongdoing using the company’s proprietary software, he would move his business out of said country.
This September, American governmental officials restricted the use of the Russian antivirus software by federal agencies, concerned with the fact that Russia might use it for espionage. In November, GCHQ, one of the leading intelligence agencies in the UK, expressed concern about Kaspersky software in a statement to The Financial Times.
The discussion was sparked once more by news of its client software accessing source code from an NSA staffer surfaced, as illustrated in a Wall Street Journal report earlier this year, in October.
The Kaspersky CEO, boasting mathematical education and preparation in a facility managed by the KGB, declared that the company was undergoing continual growth on account of it being the best in the industry. According to him, this is the reason why they are currently being targeted, discussing that there can be no other explanation for the suspicious use of their software.
The CEO goes on to contest claims of any Russian involvement in the private business of the firm, pointing out that the increased attention they have been getting is due to a conspiracy by federal, media, and governmental parties in the U.S.
Mr. Kaspersky continues by saying that their company must have done something out of the ordinary that upset certain individuals. He states that the only possible thing they could have done was performing better in their sector than any competing software.
The CEO concludes his statement by reinforcing that the company will not alter its behavior in any way and that it will not give in to assaults in the media.