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Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new clients following the official warning about Russian security software.

The financial institution emailed 290,000 internet banking customers on Saturday to state the move would be a “precautionary decision”.

United kingdom cyber-security leaders are warning government departments not to use software from Russian companies for systems associated with national security.

Barclays stated it treated the safety of their customers “seriously”.

A spokesman for Kaspersky stated it had been “disappointed” that Barclays had stopped its offer to new clients.

The Nation’s Cyber Security Center – britain’s authority on cyber security and a part of GCHQ – is conntacting all gov departments letting them know Russian security software might be exploited through the Kremlin.

But officials stressed they weren’t saying people from the public or companies should stop using Kaspersky products, that are utilized by about 400 million people globally.

Barclays told customers it might no more offer free Kaspersky software “following a information which has been shared in news reports” – but advised individuals with the program already installed that they didn’t have to take any pursuit.

It authored: “The United kingdom government continues to be advised… to get rid of any Russian products all highly sensitive systems considered secret or over.

“We have made the precautionary decision to no more offer Kaspersky software to new users.

“However, there is nothing to point out that buyers have to stop using Kaspersky.”

It continued: “At this time there’s no action that you should take. It’s essential that you still safeguard yourself with anti-virus software.”

‘Ripping out’

The 290,000 individuals who received emails from Barclays are internet banking customers, who’d downloaded Kaspersky previously decade included in a 12-month free trial offer provided by the financial institution.

A number of these customers, who could include individuals utilized by the federal government, might have ended their subscription when the free trial offer ended.

Ian Levy, the NCSC’s technical director, stated there wasn’t any evidence the guidance to gov departments should affect the broader public.

“For instance, we actually do not want people doing such things as ripping out Kaspersky software at large because it makes little sense,” he stated.

A spokesman for Barclays stated: “Even if this new guidance is not fond of people from the public, we’ve taken the choice to withdraw the sale of Kaspersky software from your customer website.”

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