Kaspersky Lab Sues US Department Of Homeland Security Over Government Sales Ban

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

In the decision, then-acting Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke cited ties between Kaspersky officials and the Putin government, and said continued federal use of the software is a national security threat because Russian Federation, "whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products".

In a release announcing the move, the company said that DHS has failed to provide them with adequate due process and relied on "subjective, non-technical public sources" like anonymously-sourced media reports to justify their ban. The charges do not reference Kaspersky Lab, but anonymous USA intelligence sources told Reuters that Pho was the employee referenced in the Wall Street Journal report.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

All departments were given 30 days to identify the presence of Kaspersky products within their agency and 90 days to discontinue use and remove the products from their information systems.

"DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab's reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company".

Following the ban, Kaspersky said that his company did not intend to close its business in the United States, adding that the company's sales strategy would remain practically unchanged as it focused on small and medium businesses and online sales of individual products.

Russian-based Kaspersky Lab has sued the USA government over a decision to ban use of the company's products at all federal agencies due to national security concerns. The legislation came after months of pushback against Kaspersky over alleged ties to the Russian government, which the company has vehemently denied.

"Dissuading consumers and businesses in the United States and overseas from using Kaspersky Lab products exclusively because of its geographic origins and without any credible evidence ... does little to address information security concerns related to government networks", Eugene Kaspersky said.

Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has announced that the company would appeal the US Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban its products on government networks.

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