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Russia's Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over product ban

18 Décembre 2017

Kaspersky Lab said Monday that it is challenging the U.S. government's ban on the use of its software products by federal agencies, arguing the Trump administration's allegation the company had ties to Moscow were "based on uncorroborated and often anonymously sourced media reports, related claims and rumors".

It is the latest move by the company to refute allegations that it is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The legislation came after months of pushback against Kaspersky over alleged ties to the Russian government, which the company has vehemently denied. In addition to concerns over whether Kaspersky products could leave US systems vulnerable to malicious actors, the USA government said the company could have ties to the Kremlin - whether those ties are in the form of voluntary collaboration or mandated under law by the Russian government.

The order came amid mounting concern in the United States that Kaspersky software could assist Russian espionage and threaten national security.

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

Last week, President Trump signed a broader defense policy spending bill that bans Kaspersky's software from both civilian and military networks.

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The federal government has been openly calling Kaspersky Lab an information security risk for most of the past year, but hasn't publicly disclosed its evidence.

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.

Kaspersky said the company filed its appeal under the Administrative Procedure Act to challenge the decision of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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

He said the UK's National Cyber Security Centre was to write to all government departments warning against using the products for systems related to national security. 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.

Russia's Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over product ban