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Kaspersky sues DHS over federal blacklist

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Kaspersky Labs, the embattled security vendor, has sued the Department of Homeland Security on Monday. The company alleges that, because the agency essentially blacklisted Kaspersky in September over its alleged links to the Russian government, it has unduly suffered as a result.

Specifically, Kaspersky says that, due to the way DHS’ Binding Operational Directive (BOD) was issued, the company didn’t have adequate time to respond to the government’s concerns, which immediately had a deleterious effect on its business.

“While DHS professed to give Plaintiffs an opportunity to contest the BOD and change DHS’s decision before the 90-day mark, by allowing Kaspersky to make a written submission to DHS near in time to the 60-day mark, this process was illusory and wholly inadequate because it failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process,” lawyers representing Kaspersky wrote in the civil complaint filed Monday in federal court in Washington, DC.

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Kaspersky wants to convince everyone it’s not spying for the Russians

Kaspersky Antivirus Security

The US government last month banned all Kaspersky products from being used on government-issued machines, after discovering that hackers may have used the popular anti-virus product to scan for top-secret documents on targeted computers.

Kaspersky has denied that its programs had such features, or that it assisted in any way the Russian governments or hackers with spying operations directed at the US government.

The company announced a variety of means meant to prove to the world that its products can’t be used to spy on targets.

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Kaspersky Lab accused of having knowingly assisted Russian spies

Kaspersky Antivirus Spying

Reports a few days ago said that Russia used Kaspersky antivirus software to spy on various targets including US government officials and spies. The reports went on to say that the Russian antivirus tool was used to extract sensitive top-secret information from an NSA contractor who worked on sensitive materials using his home computer that had Kaspersky installed.

Now, a new damning report says that the functionality discovered in the software could not have been put there without the company’s knowledge.

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Russian government hackers stole the NSA cyber defense plan, report claims

Russian hacking the NSA: Kaspersky

Hackers working for the Russian government stole NSA plans and documents on cyber defense off a contractor's personal computer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The article quotes sources familiar with the matter, who say that a contractor removed "highly classified material" from the NSA's network and put it on his home computer. Hackers working for the Russian government were then able to ID the files, thanks to the contractor's use of Russian-made antivirus software from Kaspersky Labs.

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DHS vs. Kaspersky Lab: Why the US government is ditching the Russian software giant

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts.

Officials say that the prominent company poses a threat to U.S. national security and have given government agencies and departments 90 days to get rid of Kaspersky Lab software.

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