Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over software ban

Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over software ban

Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in US federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government has deprived it of due process rights by banning its software from USA government agencies.

Kaspersky sued the government in federal court today, arguing that it has been deprived of its due process rights.

In the decision, then-acting Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke cited ties between Kaspersky officials and the Putin government, and said continued federal use of the software is a national security threat because Russian Federation, "whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products".

The ban was written into law last week when President Donald Trump signed legislation banning Kaspersky Lab from being used across civilian and military agencies.

The company confirmed to FCW in an email that is has filed the appeal in the U.S. District of Columbia and that DHS will have 60 days to respond.

He said it "has harmed Kaspersky Lab's reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company".

DHS said it was concerned that the software, installed on computers with access to files "and elevated privileges could be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems".

A directive was issued to US civilian agencies in September this year by the Department of Homeland Security ordering them to remove Kaspersky Lab from their computer networks within 90 days.

Kaspersky, which is based in Russian Federation and has its US headquarters in Woburn, said in a statement that the ban, imposed by the US Department of Homeland Security in September, violated its rights and "caused undue damage to both the company's reputation in the IT security industry and its sales in the US".

The federal government has been openly calling Kaspersky Lab an information security risk for most of the past year, but hasn't publicly disclosed its evidence.

Last month, Kaspersky Lab chief Eugene Kaspersky admitted to accessing classified digital surveillance tools from a US government computer in 2014 and sending it to servers in Moscow. Kaspersky said the company's analysts were tracking a powerful group of hackers and were triggered by an alert on a computer an NSA employee took home.



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