Kaspersky Lab Sues US Government Over Federal Software Ban

"Furthermore", we're told, "DHS has failed to provide the company adequate due process to rebut the unsubstantiated allegations underlying the Directive and has not provided any evidence of wrongdoing by the company".

According to Kaspersky Labs, there is no evidence its software has been used by the Russian government for espionage purposes, and the government mostly relied on uncorroborated news media reports.

DHS issued the directive in September, requiring all federal agencies to "identify the use or presence of Kaspersky-branded products on all Federal information system", remove all such products from their computers, and discontinue any plans to use Kaspersky products in the future. "We did so because having a company that can report back information to the Russian government constituted a risk unacceptable to our federal networks", Bossert said.

The department did not respond to requests for comment.

Kaspsersky is an global firm headquartered in Moscow and claims to operate in 200 countries around the world, with offices in 31.

Kaspersky Lab's lawsuit also claims that the ban violates the Administrative Procedures Act and the Fifth Amendment.

The Russian President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the decision of the United States authorities against Kaspersky Lab politicized. However, the next communication from DHS to Kaspersky Lab was notification regarding the issuance of Binding Operational Directive 17-01 on September 13, 2017. In July, the government removed Kaspersky as an approved vendor for IT services within USA agencies around the same time that the company offered to open its source code up for Congress to show it posed no threat.

"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.", according to the press release.

The value of Kaspersky's software sales to the US government totaled less than $54,000, or about 0.03 percent of its USA subsidiary's sales in the United States, according to the complaint.

Kaspersky sued the government in federal court yesterday and has asked the court to reverse the ban.

"Through Binding Operational Directive 17-01, DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab's reputation, negatively affected the livelihoods of its USA -based employees and US -based business partners, and undermined the company's contributions to the broader cybersecurity community", the CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky stated.

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