Installing Firefox? Watch Out, It Might Be Government Spyware

Posted by on May 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm
Don't be messin with Firefox!

Don’t be messin with Firefox!

A UK-based company, Gamma International, is using the Firefox brand to disguise its FinFisher IT Intrusion software, all the way down to the copyright attribution. This not only allows the government to spy on the unsuspecting user who installed it, but also snoop out their encrypted data and remotely deploy software.

Mozilla is obviously upset about this company using its brand to trick people, especially when millions of users trust them. Mozilla has a longstanding history of protecting users online and was named the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy in 2012 by the Ponemon Institute. Mozilla was tipped off by the Citizen Lab research team and provided three instances where the trademark was violated, including a promotional demo video from Gamma International, the government of Bahrain, where it was aimed at pro-democracy activists and Malaysia, where citizens were targeted in regards to the country’s upcoming election.

The spyware doesn’t affect Firefox in any way, Gamma is just using their brand. Mozilla has sent a cease and desist letter to Gamma International, but it’s crazy to think of what other software they may be hiding under. We only know of Firefox because they’ve been caught, they might be monitoring you right now…

Source: Mozilla via Arstechnica

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