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Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a 'precaution'

Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a “precautionary decision”. UK cyber-security chiefs are warning government departments not to use software from Russian companies for systems relating to national security. Barclays said it treated the security of its customers “very seriously”. A spokesman for Kaspersky said it was “disappointed” that Barclays had discontinued its offer to new customers. The National Cyber Security Centre –…

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Kaspersky Labs: Warning over Russian anti-virus software

The British government has issued a fresh warning about the security risks of using Russian anti-virus software. The National Cyber Security Centre is to write to all government departments warning against using the products for systems related to national security. The UK cyber-security agency will say the software could be exploited by the Russian government. Security firm Kaspersky Labs, accused in the US of being used by the Russian state for espionage, denied wrongdoing. Kaspersky Labs is widely used by consumers and businesses across the globe, as well as by…

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Kaspersky defends its role in NSA breach

The Russian-headquartered anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab has hit back at reports it deliberately extracted sensitive files from a US National Security Agency worker’s computer. The allegations stem from a Wall Street Journal report in early October. Russian hackers had used Kaspersky software to identify classified files on the NSA contractor’s home computer, which they then stole, it said. It later emerged Kaspersky had also copied files off the PC itself. But the company has now said this was not deliberate and any classified documents were destroyed. It said its researchers…

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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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Kaspersky: US government removes Russian security software

The US Department for Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems. It said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company’s products by government. Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to the Kremlin. But the allegations have led to a number of US retailers withdrawing its products…

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Russian security firm Kaspersky denies spy agency work

Moscow-based security company Kaspersky Lab has denied working with Russian intelligence agencies, following US media and government suspicion. News website Bloomberg said it had seen emails showing Kaspersky had developed tools for Russia’s intelligence agency. And, on Tuesday, the US government’s General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors. But the company has now insisted it has “no ties to any government”. Kaspersky Lab is known for its anti-virus software and provides cyber-security products to businesses. Bloomberg reported it had seen emails between chief executive Eugene…

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