Firefox users tricked into downloading government spyware

THE Mozilla Foundation has accused UK software group Gamma International of tricking internet users into downloading surveillance software by falsely associating it with the Firefox name.

Finfisher is legitimate monitoring software thought to be used by governments to covertly obtain data.

But it can be installed unknowingly by computer users and is often disguised as an update to a well-known browser - like Firefox.

The University of Toronto research group, The Citizen Lab, says it believes Finfisher servers are currently active in 36 countries, including Australia.

In 2011, the BBC found documents in Egypt's state security building, which suggested Gamma International offered to supply Finfisher to the Egyptian government to monitor activists.

Read more at ABC news online.

Topics:  fraud scam

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