Kaspersky Lab Requests Court To Overthrow Software Ban

Kaspersky Lab, the Russia-based security software provider said it requested the U.S. Federal Court to reverse the ban on its products in government offices on December 18. The company added that the move denied it of the due process.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a directive, commanding government offices to remove Kaspersky software within 90 days. The U.S. officials were concerned that the software could lead to cyber espionage by Russian intelligence and pose threat to national security.

This appeal to federal court is a part of the company’s campaign to disprove allegations that company has been working with Russian intelligence. However, the company denied the ties with any government and states it would never help anyone with cyber espionage.

“DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” said Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s founder, said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency.

The lawsuit filed by Kaspersky alleged that the government relied heavily on news media reports as an evidence in assessment of Kaspersky software. It requested the federal court to reverse the ban and make a declaration that the company’s products do not pose any threat to national security.

The sale of Kaspersky’s software in the U.S. government reduced to less than $54,000, which is about 0.03 percent of sales of its U.S. subsidiary in the United States, according to the complaint.

However, the allegations about the cyber espionage made bigger impact on consumer software business as some of the retailers pulled its products out of their networks.