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Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration Over Government Software Ban

19 December, 2017, 08:08 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over software ban

The Moscow-based developer claimed the US Department of Homeland Security acted illegally when, back in September, the department publicly told federal agencies they could no longer use any Kaspersky products on their machines. The U.S. intelligence community fears that Russian intelligence has access to the company's files and 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 United States national security", DHS said.

Kaspersky Lab claims that the agency did not allow the company to express its position within the framework of the procedures prescribed by law.

"DHS did not provide Kaspersky Lab with a meaningful opportunity to be heard before the Directive's issuance, and therefore, Kaspersky Lab's due process rights were infringed", Eugene Kaspersky said in his statement.

DHS didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Duke gave all federal 90 days agencies to stop using Kapersky security products on September 13, stating the company's anti-virus products allow "broad access" to files and can be exploited by "malicious cyberactors" to compromise the systems. It came amid mounting concern among US officials that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.

According to Kaspersky, there has been no massive outflow of customers after the entry into force of these restrictions despite the damage caused to the company's reputation in the US.

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

"We've never helped espionage agencies". Citing unnamed former US intelligence officials, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported that Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus engine was once leveraged to collect secret, classified documents from a former NSA employee's personal computer.

"They're created to stop attacks, to recognise malicious code, not to spy on our customers".



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