Kaspersky Lab Files Lawsuit Over Government Banishment

Banished from government agencies, Kaspersky files suit.

Russia is all the rage right now. Or at least the cause of a lot of rage. Rightful rage or now, Kaspersky Lab has surely been a victim of it. Kaspersky has appealed the decision, and in it’s latest effort to regain it’s business, it’s calling upon the US constitution.

Kaspersky is a Russian based cybersecurity firm, and a well known one at that. Late last year, the Department of Homeland Security ordered government agencies to stop using Kaspersky products, due to fears of Russian meddling. In December of last year, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (which further strengthened the D.H.S. orders).

Kaspersky’s latest lawsuit challenges if the NDAA is constitutional. The security firm states that the NDAA is a bill of attainder, which is banned by the US constitution.

Kaspersky states, “Kaspersky Lab has filed an action challenging the constitutionality of Section 1634 (a) and (b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which prohibits any federal entity from using the company’s hardware, software or services. Kaspersky Lab believes that these provisions violate the U.S. Constitution by specifically and unfairly singling out the company for legislative punishment, based on vague and unsubstantiated allegations without any basis in fact”

I’m sure Huawei and ZTE will be keeping a watchful eye on this case.

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Source: Security Week


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