Court upholds federal Kaspersky ban, dismisses lawsuits

The banning of Kaspersky from federal use "does not inflict ‘punishment’" on the Russian cybersecurity firm, the judge wrote.
Kaspersky Labs founder Eugene Kaspersky at his office. (Eugene Kaspersky/Flickr)

A U.S. district judge ruled Wednesday that the federal government’s ban of Kaspersky Lab products is constitutional.

The Russian cybersecurity company filed the lawsuits after its products were banned from U.S. government systems in both a Binding Operational Directive from the Department of Homeland Security and the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. That ban goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2018.

Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, wrote in an opinion that s

“It eliminates a perceived risk to the nation’s cybersecurity and, in so doing, has the secondary effect of foreclosing one small source of revenue for a large multinational corporation,” she wrote.


The basis of Kaspersky’s lawsuit was that the bans were unconstitutional and caused undue harm to the company.

Read more about the decision on CyberScoop.

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