Poor old Kaspersky has received another blow – now the UK government has been told to steer clear of the Russian firm’s software.
The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reckons there’s something fishy about the antivirus company, with director Ciaran Martin taking matters so seriously that he’s actually written a letter to important types in Whitehall (email is just too risky, it seems).
In his foreboding missive, Martin writes that Russia wants to ‘target UK central government and the UK’s critical national infrastructure,’ and longs to adopt the internet for ‘espionage, disruption and influence operations’.
Kaspersky, which, if nothing else, is heading for some bleak sales figures this Christmas, has denied any mischievous involvement with the Russian government – but, then, it’s not the sort of thing you’d admit to, is it?
America’s security services banned the firm’s products from government departments back in the summer.
In a further blow, Barclays bank, which knows all about dishonesty, controversy and fraud, has joined in the anti-Kaspersky fun.
Henceforth, new customers will not be offered free copies of the firm’s anti-virus software. The bank contacted nearly 300,000 customers at the weekend, describing the step as a ‘precautionary decision’ – though the email added that ‘there’s nothing to suggest that customers need to stop using Kaspersky’. Hmm. Ok.