ARCHIVE – This Monday, January 30, 2017, the file photo shows a sign about the headquarters of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow. The British cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab, as reported on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Pavel Golovkin, File / Associated Press)
Associated Press  By Associated Press December 2 at 7:37 a.m.
LONDON – The British cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from the Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns about Russian espionage.  Ciaran Martin, head of the National Center for Cybersecurity, said that "Russia is acting against the national interest of the United Kingdom in cyberspace."
In a letter dated Friday to the heads of civil service, he said that Russia seeks to "aim at the center of the United Kingdom". government and the critical national infrastructure of the United Kingdom. "He advised that" a supplier based in Russia should never be used "for systems that deal with issues related to national security.
The agency said that it is not advising the general public against the use of popular antivirus products. of Kaspersky.
Martin said that the British authorities are holding talks with Kaspersky about the development of checks to avoid "transfer of data from the United Kingdom to the Russian state."
Kaspersky denied having made a mistake does not help the Russian cyberespionage efforts.
In September, the US government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky products due to concerns about the company's ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations.
to an alleged theft of cybersecurity information from the US National Security Agency
Britain has issued warnings every time strongest on the online activity of Russia. Martin said last month that Russian hackers had targeted the UK media, telecommunications and energy sectors in the last year.
EE. UU authorities are investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and some British lawmakers called for a similar investigation into the European Union's membership referendum in the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Theresa May said last month that Russia was "arming information" and meddling in elections to undermine international order.
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