Moscow-based anti-virus organization Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump organization on Monday, claiming that the American government denied it due process rights by restricting its product from U.S. government organizations. The claim is the most recent exertion by Kaspersky Lab to push back on affirmations that the organization is vulnerable to Kremlin influence.
“One of the foundational principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which I deeply respect, is due process: the opportunity to contest any evidence and defend oneself before the government takes adverse action,” founder Eugene Kaspersky wrote in an open letter released Monday.
“Unfortunately, in the case of Binding Operational Directive 17-01, DHS did not provide Kaspersky Lab with a meaningful opportunity to be heard before the Directive’s issuance, and therefore, Kaspersky Lab’s due process rights were infringed,” Kaspersky continued in his letter.
The Department of Homeland Security in September issued an order to U.S. non-military personnel organizations requesting them to remove Kaspersky Lab from their PC networks inside 90 days. The request came in the midst of mounting worry among U.S. authorities that the product could empower Russian espionage and undermine national security. The boycott was arranged a week ago when President Donald Trump prohibited Kaspersky Lab from military agencies.
The lawsuit charges that the administration used uncorroborated news media reports as proof in an audit of Kaspersky programming. It requests that the court overturn the boycott, and proclaim that the Russian organization’s product doesn’t represent a security danger to U.S. government computers. The estimation of Kaspersky’s product deals to the U.S. government totaled under $54,000, or around 0.03% of its U.S. backup’s deals in the United States. In any case, affirmations about the product have harmed its software business, provoking retailers like Best Buy to pull Kaspersky items.
Kaspersky said in October that it would present the source code of its product and future updates for investigation by independent parties. U.S. authorities have said that progression, while welcome, would not be adequate. The September DHS order connected just to non-military personnel government offices and not the Pentagon. U.S. intelligence offices said not long ago that Kaspersky items were not permitted on military systems.