The Russian antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a December law that banned it from government networks.

According to Kaspersky, the legislative ban was far too broad, not based on evidence of actual wrongdoing and designed to "inflict profound reputational injury."

That argument is unlikely to prevail in a courtroom, according to Edward McAndrew, a former federal cyber crime prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia, which has been home to numerous major cyber and intelligence cases.

That's because it will be relatively easy for the government to prove that its goal was not simply to punish Kaspersky but to protect government networks from Russian spies, said McAndrew, who's a co-leader of the Ballard Spahr law firm's privacy and data security group.

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