The UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed that it has never certified any product from Kaspersky Lab in yet another blow for the cyber security firm.
The news comes just week after it emerged that United States Senators are considering a proposal to ban all Kaspersky security products for military use, stemming from rising tensions between the Russian and US governments.
And it seems Britain’s authorities have deemed it wise to follow suit, despite Kaspersky Lab being one of the most prominent cyber security vendors around.
“The NCSC certifies products through a range of initiatives, and vendors apply to have their products certified via one of our accredited lab partners,” said the NCSC, which was launched in October to boost the UK’s cyber defenses.
“We certify products through a range of initiatives, but the NCSC has never had products listed from Kaspersky.”
It’s likely that the NCSC’s concerns about the Moscow-based company stem from its rumoured links to the Russian government, despite founder Eugene Kaspersky repeatedly denying having any ties to the Kremlim.
He has even offered to give American authorities access to the company’s source code in an attempt to dispel the rumours once and for all, saying “anything I can do to prove that we don’t behave maliciously I will do it”.
But the whisperings have so far refused to disappear, probably as a result of Kaspersky’s background of being trained by the KGB and formerly working as an intelligence officer in Soviet Russia’s Red Army.
Russia’s rocky relationship with the US and the UK is certainly not helping things for Kaspersky.
Russian hackers are believed to be responsible for stealing the passwords and email addresses of UK officials last month and President Trump recently backed out of plans to form a cyber security partnership with Russia.
Silicon has contacted Kaspersky Labs for comment.
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