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Monday, 03 December 2018 10:07

Kaspersky Lab loses appeal against US software ban

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Eugene Kaspersky: "...the events of the past year that culminated in this decision were almost expected, and not just by our company, but by the cyber security industry in general." Eugene Kaspersky: "...the events of the past year that culminated in this decision were almost expected, and not just by our company, but by the cyber security industry in general." Supplied

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has had its appeal against a US public sector software ban thrown out by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Court.

The company had appealed against the constitutionality of a directive by the Department of Homeland Security and provisions in the National Defence Authorisation Act asking government agencies to stop using its software.

In December 2017, Kaspersky filed an appeal against a September 2017 ban by the Department of Homeland Security on the use of its products in the public service.

And in February this year, the company filed a case against a ban by Congress, codified in the NDAA for the fiscal year 2018, claiming that the ban was unconstitutional.

The ban took effect on 1 October.

Kaspersky's software was banned from use by US public sector agencies last year, following reports that Russia had exploited its software to spy on customers and obtain malware created by the NSA.

Reacting to the dismissal of the appeals, Kaspersky chief executive and founder Eugene Kaspersky said: "The DC Circuit Court’s decision is disappointing, but the events of the past year that culminated in this decision were almost expected, and not just by our company, but by the cyber security industry in general.

"We’re sure that the issues involved in our litigation go far beyond technical aspects of US constitutional law; they include real-world problems concerning everyone: a progression of protectionism and balkanisation in a world of understated cyber-rivalry and highly sophisticated international cyber threats."

Last month, Kaspersky Lab opened its first data processing unit and transparency centre in Zurich. The centres have been set up in order to avoid the constant allegations of spying from Western nations.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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