ZDNet on the UK National Cyber Security Center recommendation to stay far away from Kaspersky anti-virus and other Russian cyber security companies and their products:

The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued a warning to government departments on the potential risks of using Russian antivirus or security software because of fears the Kremlin could use it to conduct espionage.

The advice from the National Cyber Security Centre comes as Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab is facing accusations that its software helped with the theft of NSA hacking tools on behalf of the Russian government.

Kaspersky Lab has denied any wrongdoing and CEO Eugene Kaspersky has said he’d remove his company from Moscow if the Kremlin asked it to carry out spying.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned that Russian cyberattacks are a threat to the UK and that the Russian government could potentially compromise Russian software deployed within organisations for its own ends.