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Oscar Williams

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Kaspersky is refusing to back down over the US government’s ban

Kaspersky Lab has pledged to “vigorously pursue” its appeal rights after a judge ruled that a ban on the use of its products by US federal agencies was constitutional.

The Trump administration imposed the ban on the Moscow-based security firm last year following allegations its products could be exploited by the Russian government.

Kaspersky, which denies the claims, submitted two appeals in December and February, but they were thrown out of court by a US judge last week.

“These defensive actions may very well have adverse consequences for some third-parties,” wrote Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. “But that does not make them unconstitutional.”

A Kaspersky spokesperson said the company was “disappointed with the court’s decisions” and maintains that the ban was the “product of unconstitutional agency and legislative processes”.

“Given the lack of evidence of wrongdoing by the company and the imputation of malicious cyber activity by nation-states to a private company, these decisions have broad implications for the global technology community,” the spokesperson added.

Kaspersky’s sales took a hit in America last year following the ban, and the firm has since launched a transparency drive aimed at restoring trust in its products and services. In October last year, it vowed, in an unprecedented move, to let independent experts review its source code.

Earlier this month, the firm also unveiled plans to move a number of its core process from Russia to Switzerland. CEO Eugene Kaspersky said in a statement: In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners.

“Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement.”