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UK cyber agency warns organizations against using Russian IT technology

The UK Cybersecurity Center said on Tuesday that organizations providing services related to Ukraine or critical infrastructure should reconsider the risk associated with using Russian computer technology in their supply chains.

“We have no evidence that the Russian state intends to bribe Russian commercial goods and services to cause damage to British interests, but absence of evidence is not proof of absence,” he said. said the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), part of Britain’s GCHQ. intelligence agency, said in a blog post.

Organizations that provide services to Ukraine, critical infrastructure, or that could represent a public relations “win” for Russia if compromised, should “specifically consider the risk of Russian-controlled parts of their supply chain.” ‘supply,’ the post said.

Earlier this month, Italy said its public authorities should replace any anti-virus software linked to Russia, while Germany warned customers of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab that its software posed a serious risk. pirate attacks.

Last week, the United States added Kaspersky Lab to its list of communications equipment and service providers considered threats to US national security.

Kaspersky Lab described these measures as politically motivated.

The NCSC did not specifically warn against Kaspersky Lab software, but did say its users might have to switch antivirus vendors if Kaspersky Lab itself were to be sanctioned.

“If you are more likely to be a target for the Russian state because of what is happening, then it would be prudent to consider your reliance on any type of Russian technology product or service, including but not including limit there, cloud-enabled products such as (antivirus software),” the message read.

(Reporting by James Pearson, editing by Louise Heavens)

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