Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn U.S. government ban

Kaspersky Labs is fighting back against a ban by the US federal government earlier this year by suing the Department of Homeland Security, calling the action unconstitutional.

New York- Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has sued US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over its decision to ban the Kaspersky products in federal agencies over data security.

In response, Kaspersky Lab is saying it did not receive due process, and that DHS has harmed the company's reputation and commercial interests "without any evidence".

As Wccftech.com reports, Kaspersky's lawsuit claims that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process" in the way it has acted. Therefore, it is in Kaspersky Lab's interest to defend itself in this matter.

Additionally, the lawsuit of Kaspersky alleges that the decision to ban the use of its products in federal agencies is mostly based on rumors and media reports citing anonymous sources.

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These capabilities are not unique to his company, Kaspersky wrote, and DHS could have addressed the issue holistically rather than singling out his company.

"By filing an appeal Kaspersky Lab seeks to protect its right to adhere to proper administrative procedures in accordance with applicable federal laws and the US Constitution, and thereby recover the damage caused to the company's business activities, its employees in the United States, and its US business-partners ". The Administrative Procedures Act controls how agencies like the DHS can establish regulations, and requires that agencies must provide "substantial evidence" for their regulation decisions if questioned by a us court. The ban, which the Department of Homeland Security announced in September, has resulted in a lengthy back-and-forth between Kaspersky and the US government over allegations that the software maker's products are an asset for Russian espionage efforts.

In November, Kaspersky said that if the Kremlin did ask the company to spy, the business would be moved outside Russian Federation.

"The BOD, supported by other actions in Congress, has also had a severe adverse impact on Kaspersky's other commercial interests in the USA, which began long before the Defendants" decision was officially declared "final, '" according to the suit.

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

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