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NSS Labs files lawsuit over alleged CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET product test conspiracy

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NSS Labs has filed an antitrust lawsuit against CrowdStrike, Symantec, and ESET, alleging that the organizations have conspired to restrict independent product testing through AMTSO membership.

On Wednesday, the security product testing company's CEO, Vikram Phatak, said that the antitrust lawsuit relates to vendors which "are actively conspiring to prevent independent testing that uncovers product deficiencies to prevent consumers from finding out about them."

Among these vendors, Phatak claims, are CrowdStrike, Symantec, and ESET.

The cybersecurity companies are participants in the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), which is a project designed to "introduce definitive standards for fair and useful testing," as well as "provide detailed advice on how to run tests."

Other members of the scheme -- but not related to the antitrust case -- are AV-Comparatives, Bitdefender, Carbon Black, FireEye, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, and Trend Micro.

NSS Labs is also a...(continued)

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