Russia's Kaspersky Lab sues U.S. government for software ban

Russia's Kaspersky Lab sues U.S. government for software ban

Kaspersky Lab, a massive, Russian cybersecurity company, sued the Trump administration in USA federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government deprived it of due process rights when Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke banned its software from US government agencies in September. The ban, which the Department of Homeland Security announced in September, has resulted in a lengthy back-and-forth between Kaspersky and the USA government over allegations that the software maker's products are an asset for Russian espionage efforts.

Kaspersky Lab has filed an appeal under the Administrative Procedure Act to enforce its constitutional due process rights and challenge the Binding Operational Directive prohibiting the use of the company's products and solutions by US government agencies.

The grounds of the complaints state that the government relied above all on uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in a review of Kaspersky software.

As a result, DHS's actions have caused undue damage to both the company's reputation in the IT security industry and its sales in the U.S. It has unfairly called into question Kaspersky Lab's fundamental principles of protecting its customers and combatting cyber threats, regardless of their origin or goal. It asks the court to overturn the ban and also declare that the Russian company's products do not pose a security threat to U.S. government computers.

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Last week, a senior DHS official told reporters that Kaspersky Labs did present a case in its defense but that the department did not change its stance.

The appeal is part of an ongoing campaign by Kaspersky to refute allegations the company is vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Chief executive Eugene Kaspersky contended in a release that his company has "not been provided a fair opportunity in regards to the allegations and no technical evidence has been produced to validate" action taken by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

According to the Journal, the person had top secret files and programs from an NSA hacking unit called the Equation Group on his computer, which was also using Kaspersky software protection.

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