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Kaspersky Lab Sues U.S. Government Over Software Ban

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Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has taken the United States government to a U.S. federal court for its decision to ban the use of Kaspersky products in federal agencies in addition to also departments.

In September 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab software coming from their computers in addition to also networks within 90 days.

The order came amid mounting concern among United States officials of which the Kaspersky antivirus software could be helping Russian government spy on their activities, which may threaten the U.S. national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump also signed into law last week legislation of which bans the use of Kaspersky products within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge Kaspersky coming from federal agencies amid concerns This specific’s vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

The Kaspersky’s appeal can be part of an ongoing campaign by the company to refute allegations of which the company can be vulnerable to Russian influence.

Moreover, there’s no substantial evidence yet available which can prove these allegations, however an article published by US media WSJ in October claimed of which Kaspersky software helped Russian spies steal highly classified documents in addition to also hacking tools belonging to the NSA in 2015 coming from a staffer’s home PC.

Just last month, Kaspersky claimed of which its antivirus package running on the staffer’s PC detected the copies of the NSA exploits as malware in addition to also uploaded them to its cloud for analysis, however its analysts immediately deleted them.

Earlier This specific month, the NSA staffer, identified as Nghia Hoang Pho, a 67-year-old of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty to illegally taking classified documents home, which were later stolen by Russian hackers.

Kaspersky Lab Challenges DHS’s Ban on its Software in U.S. Court

Underlining of which U.S. authorities have not provided any substantial evidence of wrongdoing by the company, CEO Eugene Kaspersky wrote in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency on Monday, stressing of which the “DHS’s decision can be unconstitutional” in addition to also based purely on “subjective, non-technical public sources.”

“One of the foundational principles enshrined within the U.S. Constitution, which I deeply respect, can be due process: the opportunity to contest any evidence in addition to also defend oneself before the government takes adverse action,” Kaspersky wrote. 

“Unfortunately, within the case of Binding Operational Directive 17-01, DHS did not provide Kaspersky Lab using a meaningful opportunity to be heard before the Directive’s issuance, in addition to also therefore, Kaspersky Lab’s due process rights were infringed.”

Kaspersky argues of which the company was not given enough time to contest allegations before the DHS issued a ban, in addition to also of which the documents available at the time of the ban were based more on references than a technical threat of which the company could analyze in addition to also respond to.

The company also said of which This specific wrote to DHS in mid-July to address any concerns the U.S. agency had, in addition to also DHS even acknowledged receipt of the communication in mid-August, appreciating the company’s offer to provide information on the matter.

Kaspersky: DHS Harmed Kaspersky Lab’s Reputation

However, Kaspersky said the agency did not follow up with the company “until the notification regarding the issuance of Binding Operational Directive 17-01” in addition to also accusing Kaspersky products of causing infosec risks on federal information systems.

“DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation, negatively affected the livelihoods of its U.S.-based employees in addition to also U.S.-based business partners, in addition to also undermined the company’s contributions to the broader cybersecurity community,” Kaspersky wrote.

“In filing This specific appeal, Kaspersky Lab hopes to protect its due process rights under the US Constitution in addition to also federal law in addition to also repair the harm caused to its commercial operations, its US-based employees, in addition to also its US-based business partners.” 

CEO Eugene Kaspersky has repeatedly denied the company’s ties to any government in addition to also said This specific could not help a government with cyber espionage, adding of which “If the Russian government comes to me in addition to also asks me to anything wrong, or my employees, I will move the business out of Russia.”

In October, This specific was also reported of which Israeli government hackers hacked into Kaspersky’s network in 2015 in addition to also caught Russian hackers red-handed hacking United States government with the help of Kaspersky software.

within the wake of This specific incident, Kaspersky Lab also launched a transparency initiative late October, giving partners access to its antivirus source code in addition to also paying large bug bounties for security issues discovered in its products.

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