BSI warns: Kaspersky virus protection should not be used

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warns in a press release before using Kaspersky antivirus programs. "The BSI recommends replacing applications from Kaspersky's virus protection software portfolio with alternative products' the statement said at the outset. The warning is due to the fact that virus protection apps have extensive system permissions and are therefore able to access the computer and the network. Since Kaspersky is from Russia, the programs offered could be used for cyber attacks. The warning is issued as a precautionary measure in the context of the war in Ukraine and Russian threats towards the EU, NATO and Germany.

The Federal Office for Information Security warns: Kaspersky antivirus programs should not be used or uninstalled. The Russian antivirus program can serve as a gateway for IT attacks. The warning comes against the background of current threats from Russia and the war in Ukraine.

The Federal Office for Information Security warns: Kaspersky antivirus programs should not be used or uninstalled. The Russian antivirus program can serve as a gateway for IT attacks. The warning comes against the background of current threats from Russia and the war in Ukraine.

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"The actions of military and/or intelligence forces in Russia and the threats made by Russia against the EU, NATO and the Federal Republic of Germany in the course of the current armed conflict are associated with a considerable risk of a successful IT attack. A Russian IT manufacturer can conduct offensive operations itself, be forced to attack target systems against its will, or be spied on without its knowledge as a victim of a cyber operation, or be used as a tool for attacks against its own customers' the statement released today said. Since Kaspersky is quite well-known and popular, these notes and security concerns make sense.

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There are different viruses for all operating systems, but also other malware such as Adware, ransomware, trojans, other spy software, and the like. On the one hand, however, the individual systems now offer their own options for detecting and defending against these dangers. And on the other hand, if you use the computer wisely, you hardly have to worry. Anyone who does not open unknown e-mail attachments, does not hang around on dubious sites, only opens links carefully and also pays attention to phishing attempts, is already very safe on the Internet. Here's a guide: What are phishing emails? Recognize the characteristics of fake post!

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A recent video on the Ultrativ YouTube channel compares antivirus apps to snake oil, a placebo miracle drug that either doesn't help or causes even more problems than before. The metaphor explained briefly: New viruses (or other new malware) are not detected because their signatures are not yet stored in the antivirus program. Malicious software can also sneak into the antivirus app and thus exploit the granted system access (as already shown in the scenario above). You can find the whole video with more information and background information with this link or embedded in the following:

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Here are a few more tips, thanks to which you do not need any antivirus apps on your computer (with regular use). Feel free to expand this list with your own tips, experiences and hints in the comments on this post:

  • Install updates for the operating system promptly
  • Install updates for individual programs promptly
  • Use a separate password for each online service
  • Enable two-factor authentication for online services
  • Do not open unknown links and files (whether in an e-mail, in Messenger or on websites)
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8 comments

  1. Beatrice Willius says:

    Doesn't that apply to any Russian or Chinese software?

    A virus or anti-malware program needs extensive rights on the Mac. This also applies to backup programs, for example.

    Who knows where the software used comes from? Who knows whether the software used has components that come from Russia or China? Today it's all distributed in such a way that no one has an overview. The database of my program comes from the Ukraine, for example. A user cannot know that.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hi Beatrice! I agree with you: you never know what's under the hood. But if you want to make a preliminary selection, you can go to the company's headquarters. I don't think the Kaspersky people would actually use their software to attack anything in Europe. Not every Russian is behind this war. But of course the Russian state has more "power" to force a company in Russia to do something than in Canada, USA or Europe... You can never be 100% sure. And to be honest, I feel a little sorry for the Kaspersky people that such a report will probably destroy a large part of their business. I don't know if other countries are already advising against Kaspersky, but in Germany they probably won't get a foot on the ground anymore... And the developers behind the software can't help it.

  2. Renate Knapp says:

    Thanks for the article. And yes, Beatrix is ​​right, the access we allow to use such services is extensive. Are there any good alternatives? What do you use for antivirus, backup and password storage? I look forward to replies.

  3. Lutz S says:

    With almost every piece of software, don't you have to be concerned that the data can be used, which the user doesn't want? It doesn't matter whether it's virus software or backup/data storage, uuu
    Ok, on a Mac you don't necessarily need virus software, in my opinion.
    It's a pity with the people from Kaspersky, among others, but also others, the little "man" is on the A..., in this matter.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      That's how I see it too... one ass at the top is enough to screw up the life of the entire population. But I try to focus on the technical stuff on the blog and not talk about politics or religion. There's Facebook for that. 😂

  4. ufo2010 says:

    So Mrs. Willius. As a user of your software, I know that now... 😀

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