Kaspersky Files Lawsuit Against Department of Homeland Security for Software Ban


Kaspersky Lab said Monday it has asked a usa federal court to overturn a Trump administration ban on U.S. government use of the Moscow-based cybersecurity company's software, saying the move deprived the company of adequate due process.

In its lawsuit, Kaspersky alleged that the USA government largely relied on uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in a review of Kaspersky software.

"The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalise on access provided by Kaspersky Lab products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates USA national security", DHS said.

At the time, DHS issued a binding directive to all federal agencies to find and end the use of Kaspersky software within 90 days, citing concerns around the Russian-based company's ties to the Kremlin.

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.

Kaspsersky is an global firm headquartered in Moscow and claims to operate in 200 countries around the world, with offices in 31. Presently, Plaintiffs are receiving and processing an unprecedented volume of product return and early termination requests as a result of DHS and other U.S. Government actions, which customers specifically refer to when stating the reason for their return.

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The company alleges the USA government relied primarily on rumors and uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in making its decision to ban the software.

The ban targeted civilian agencies, but Kaspersky's products are generally not allowed on military networks, United States intelligence bodies said earlier this year.

Kaspersky Lab launched its Global Transparency Initiative back in October in an attempt to open up its processes, including an independent review of the company's source code, software updates and threat detection rules.

Despite the ban, Kaspersky said it will continue to do its job of tracking down malware.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the company alleged DHS harmed Kaspersky's reputation and commercial interest in the U.S. without evidence of wrongdoing.

As you may be aware, all this revolves around the U.S. government's belief that Kaspersky has links to the Russian government, and therefore its products can't be trusted.