Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky on Tuesday responded to an
advisory released by Germany’s Federal Office of Information Security
(BSI) against using the company’s security solutions in the country over
“doubts about the reliability of the manufacturer.”

Calling that the decision was made on “political grounds,” the company said
it will “continue to assure our partners and customers of the quality
and integrity of our products, and we will be working with the BSI for
clarification on its decision and for the means to address its and other
regulators’ concerns.”

The statement from Kaspersky follows a warning from Germany’s
cybersecurity authority, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der
Informationstechnik aka BSI, which recommended “replacing applications
from Kaspersky’s portfolio of antivirus software with alternative
products” due to risks that they could be exploited by Russia for a
cyber attack.

“Companies and authorities with special security interests and
operators of critical infrastructures are particularly at risk,” the BSI
said,
adding the company’s tools could be used for attacks against its own
customers or be compelled to strike systems against its will amidst
Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

Although not an outright ban, the announcement adds to similar restrictions put in place by the U.S., U.K., and Dutch governments in 2017 and 2018 to phase out the use of antivirus software made by Kaspersky Labs.

The Moscow-based company, however, noted that it had shifted its cyberthreat-related data processing infrastructure
to the Swiss city of Zurich in 2018 and that its data services and
engineering practices have been subjected to independent third-party
assessments.

Earlier this month, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the namesake company,
struck a neutral tone, hoping that negotiations between Ukraine and
Russia would lead to “a compromise,” in an attempt to distance the
organization from being branded as siding with Russia.

“We believe that peaceful dialogue is the only possible instrument for resolving conflicts,” Kaspersky tweeted on March 1. “War isn’t good for anyone.”

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