Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn United States govt software ban

Prior to this, the US Department of Homeland Security ordered US ministries and agencies to stop using Kaspersky Lab products.

Kaspersky Lab said it contacted the DHS in mid-July, offering to provide any information or assistance concerning the company and in mid-August, DHS confirmed receipt of the company's letter, appreciating the offer to provide information and expressing interest. However, the company denied the ties with any government and states it would never help anyone with cyber espionage.

On Monday, Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab announced its intention to push back against the us government's ban on its software.

The company also made headlines on December 4 when a former U.S. National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty to keeping classified defense information on his home computer.

The company's founder, Eugene Kaspersky, issued an open letter condemning the DHS on Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Allegations that Moscow-based Kaspersky, which sold more than $600 million of anti-virus software globally in 2015, knowingly or unknowingly helped Russian intelligence steal top-secret information from the United States have effectively killed its business here and hurt its worldwide reputation.

Kaspersky Lab has now filed an appeal to challenge the ban.

"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. It has unfairly called into question Kaspersky Lab's fundamental principles of protecting its customers and combating cyber threats, regardless of their origin or objective", Kaspersky stated in a blog post. The company also committed in October to open its product's source code to an independent third-party review and plans to open new offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto next year. For example, several retailers have removed Kaspersky Lab products from their shelves and suspended their long-standing partnerships with Kaspersky Lab following the issuance of the BOD.

Earlier this month, Kaspersky Lab said it would close its Washington office that was selling to the government and will keep working with non-federal customers in the US through its remaining offices in the country.

While the use of Kaspersky licenses by federal agencies is only about $54,000 or.03 percent of total annual sales, the real issue is the government ban's effect on US sales to commercial and enterprise USA clients.



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