Germany asks its companies to uninstall antivirus

The German Office for Information Security (BSI) has alerted companies and users to stop using kaspersky antivirus. German authorities have warned of the risk to businesses and critical infrastructure operators from a cyberattack from Russia.

According to the BSI, an antivirus has extended system permissions and maintains a permanent connection to the manufacturer’s servers. The cybersecurity office indicates that if there are doubts about the reliability of the manufacturer, antivirus presents a particular risk for the protection of an IT infrastructure.

The BSI suggests that a Russian computer manufacturer – such as Kaspersky – could carry out a cyberattack or be coerced into attacking systems against their will. The Russia link has raised red flags at the federal agency, which believes the antivirus could be used as a tool to attack its own customers.

Authorities have asked German companies that use Kaspersky to replace it with another similar security software. The BSI mentions that Russia’s threats against the European Union, NATO and Germany due to the war in Ukraine could lead to a successful cyberattack.

One of the first to distance itself from Kaspersky is Eintracht Frankfurt, which plays in the Bundesliga. Team president Axel Hellmann has announced the immediate cancellation of a sponsorship deal.