The Federal Office for Information Security in Germany has urged users to uninstall any Kaspersky product from their devices and replace it with an alternative one.
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) or the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany issued a press release on Tuesday, March 15th, in which it warned users not to use security products provided by Kaspersky Labs, a Moscow, Russia-based cyber security and anti-virus provider.
BSI, a top-level federal agency in Germany, is responsible for managing communication and computer security for the government of Germany.
The agency went on to urge users to uninstall any Kaspersky product from their devices and replace it with an alternative one. As to why it should be done; the agency cited recent threats from Russia against Germany, European Union (EU), and NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
BSI warned that the current military conflict is associated with a considerable risk of a successful cyberattack. The agency also worries that having its headquarter in Moscow makes Kaspersky Labs vulnerable to being taken advantage of and spied on by the Russian government.
A Russian IT manufacturer can carry out offensive operations itself, be forced to attack