Allegations that Moscow-based Kaspersky, which sold more than $600 million of anti-virus software globally in 2015, knowingly or unknowingly helped Russian intelligence steal top-secret information from the US have effectively killed its business here and hurt its worldwide reputation.
The US Government has just ordered its federal agencies to stop using any internet security software provided by Kaspersky Lab. With more than 400 million customers worldwide, Kaspersky is a huge cybersecurity company and one of the top anti-virus software providers globally.
Kaspersky said it has appealed to a US federal court on the grounds the ban it was hit with is unconstitutional because it denied the company a right to due process regarding the validity of the accusation.
Chief executive Eugene Kaspersky contended in a release that his company has “not been provided a fair opportunity in regards to the allegations and no technical evidence has been produced to validate” action taken by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Last week, a senior DHS official told reporters that Kaspersky Labs did present a case in its defence but that the department did not change its stance.
In a statement after the allegations, Kaspersky posted
“Given that Kaspersky Lab doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government, the company is disappointed with the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but also is grateful for the opportunity to provide additional information to the agency in order to confirm that these allegations are completely unfounded. No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions, including claims about the impact of Russian regulations and policies on the company. Kaspersky Lab has always acknowledged that it provides appropriate products and services to governments around the world to protect those organizations from cyberthreats, but it does not have unethical ties or affiliations with any government, including Russia.