By Dustin Volz
WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Moscow-based anti-virus
company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S.
federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government
has deprived it of due process rights by banning its software
from U.S. government agencies.
The lawsuit is the latest effort by Kaspersky Lab to push
back on allegations that the company is vulnerable to Kremlin
The Department of Homeland Security in September issued a
directive to U.S. civilian agencies ordering them to remove
Kaspersky Lab from their computer networks within 90 days. The
order came amid mounting concern among U.S. officials that the
software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national
The ban was codified last week when President Donald Trump
signed legislation banning Kasperky Lab from use across civilian
and military agencies.
Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied it has ties to any
government and said it would not help a government with cyber
"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, said in an
open letter to the agency published on Monday.
In an attempt to address suspicions, the company said in
October it would submit the source code of its software and
future updates for inspection by independent parties.
U.S. officials have said that step, while welcome, would not
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia.
(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
First Published: 2017-12-18 20:15:26
Updated 2017-12-18 20:29:19
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