Kaspersky Sues US Government Over Federal Ban

Kaspersky Sues US Government Over Federal Ban”

Russian-based Kaspersky Lab has sued the US government over a decision to ban use of the company's products at all federal agencies due to national security concerns.

It is the latest move by the company to refute allegations that it is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. In addition to concerns over whether Kaspersky products could leave USA systems vulnerable to malicious actors, the US government said the company could have ties to the Kremlin - whether those ties are in the form of voluntary collaboration or mandated under law by the Russian government.

The complete federal ban followed a warning to USA federal agencies earlier this year to not use Kaspersky software on their computers.

The order came amid mounting concern in the U.S. that Kaspersky software could assist Russian espionage and threaten national security.

The ban was codified last week when President Donald Trump signed legislation banning Kasperky Lab from use across civilian and military agencies.

Kaspersky Labs, the embattled security vendor, has sued the Department of Homeland Security on Monday.

"Because Kaspersky Lab has not been provided a fair opportunity in regards to the allegations and no technical evidence has been produced to validate DHS's actions, it is in the company's interests to defend itself in this matter", chief executive Eugene Kaspersky said in a statement. It even offered to share its source code with the government to address concerns that its software eavesdrops on USA machines.

Although Kaspersky was allowed to initiative a review of the directive, Eugene Kaspersky said the procedure didn't afford the company due process under USA law since Kaspersky didn't have the opportunity before the directive was issued to see and contest the information which the DHS had been relying on.

Earlier this month, the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera disclosed that the British government had issued a fresh warning about the security risks of using Russian anti-virus software.

"Dissuading consumers and businesses in the United States and overseas from using Kaspersky Lab products exclusively because of its geographic origins and without any credible evidence ... does little to address information security concerns related to government networks", Eugene Kaspersky said.

Kaspersky has denied those claims, and its lawsuit in federal court in Washington DC asked for the ban to be thrown out.

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