Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn US govt software ban

December 19, 2017 08:24
Kaspersky accused the US Homeland Security agency of harming the firm's reputation and its commercial operations by placing a ban on the company's security software products. Photo: Reuters

Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab said it has asked a US federal court to overturn a Trump administration ban on use of its products in government networks, Reuters reports.

Referring to a move by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which in September issued a directive ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks, Kaspersky said it has been denied due process and that the firm was wrongfully targeted.

"DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab's reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company," the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, was quoted as saying in an open letter to the DHS published on Monday.

The appeal is part of an ongoing campaign by Kaspersky to refute allegations that the company is vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

The Moscow-based firm has repeatedly denied it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

In its lawsuit, Kaspersky alleged that the US government largely relied on uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in a review of Kaspersky software.

It asked the court to overturn the ban and also declare that the Russian company’s products do not pose a security threat to US government computers, the report said.

DHS had in September ordered civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days.

The move came amid mounting concern among US officials that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.

Kaspersky said in October that it will submit the source code of its software and future updates for inspection by independent parties.

US officials have said that step, while welcome, would not be sufficient.

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