As cybercrime incidents rapidly increase in the United States and worldwide, fortified infrastructure defenses are more important than ever. Now, with the Ukraine-Russia conflict showing few signs of slowing, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the United Kingdom’s top computer security agency, is issuing new warnings. NCSC Technical Director Ian Levy issued a blog post to illustrate threats both known and unknown related to Russia’s Kaspersky antivirus software — one of the most popular antivirus software in the world.
Levy and the NCSC noted that although there is no current evidence of malfeasance between Kaspersky and the Russian government, “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." With that in mind, the agency recommends that U.K. organizations avoid Kaspersky products as well as any other Russian-controlled technology that could hurt critical infrastructure or organizations providing aid to Ukraine.
In addition to the U.K., the governments of the U.S., Germany, and Italy have also made stern recommendations to remove Kaspersky antivirus software from critical infrastructures to preempt any potential attacks.