The German BSI has warned against the use of Kaspersky antivirus security products as the company is headquartered in Russia.
The BSI suggested moving away from any Kaspersky product to another vendor, as the company may be forced to carry out offensive cyber operations by the Russian state.
The BBC translated the BSI announcement:
“A Russian IT manufacturer can carry out offensive operations itself, be forced against its will to attack 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.”
Kaspersky has responded to the advisory, saying:
“We believe this decision is not based on a technical assessment of Kaspersky products — that we continuously advocated for with the BSI and across Europe — but instead is being made on political grounds.”