NSS Labs sues big names for alleged testing conspiracy


NSS Labs has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against some big names like CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET, and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), for an alleged conspiracy to prevent independent testing companies in doing unbiased reviews of security software.

Filed on September 18th, 2018, in California, NSS Labs, which is an independent security software testing company, the lawsuit claims that it has been prevented by aforementioned companies to perform objective tests of security products.

The part of the lawsuit also targets the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), which allegedly orchestrate the blocking of companies from testing products if it does not comply with AMTSO’s standards.

NSS Labs claims that such standards are quite low and “do little to ensure that vendors cannot block or prevent testers from procuring the product to conduct a test, nor does it prevent vendors from intentionally sabotaging a test.”

BleepingComputer.com managed to get a few statements from the companies involved in the lawsuit, but most are unwilling to directly comment on the situation due to an ongoing lawsuit.

“NSS Labs, the world’s leading provider of cyber security testing services, is the direct target of a conspiracy among the EPP Vendor Conspirators, orchestrated in whole or in part through AMTSO, to restrict competition in the testing of cybersecurity products that are critical to, but often fail at, the protection of computer systems operated by governments, businesses and consumers,” stated the complaint filed by NSS Labs.

“NSS Labs already has suffered substantial damages flowing from the antitrust injury it suffered as a result of the conspiracy and will suffer further injury, including irreparable injury such as permanent loss of market share, unless the acts in furtherance of the conspiracy are enjoined.”

You can check out more details over at BleepingComputer.com.


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