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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Mozilla Angry with UK Government Surveillance Spyware Agency

Mozilla Angry with UK Government Surveillance Spyware Agency

Mozilla Angry with UK Government Surveillance Spyware Agency

Added: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.com, 2013
Top executives at the Mozzarella Foundation got angry with the British government spyware outfit called Gamma International: the open source browser developers became furious after they found out that the agency was using Firefox as a disguise for its FinSpy software.
firefox-logo.jpg

Mozilla complained that FinSpy works by installing a disguised version of Firefox and then accessing key-strokes, activating webcams and recording Skype calls as Firefox. In such way, users don’t delete the software. The spyware is used by governments to snoop on citizens. In the meanwhile, the product was outed by human rights group Citizen Lab.

A few days ago, Mozilla has sent Gamma a cease and desist letter and asked them to stop such illegal practices immediately. The representatives of Google admitted that not was the activity illegal, but Mozilla takes it seriously because it is deceptive, harms users, can cause consumer confusion and harm the company’s reputation.

Apparently, Mozilla can’t abide a software company using its name to disguise online surveillance instruments that can be – and actually have been – used by Gamma’s customers to violate other people’s human rights and online privacy. However, the spyware doesn’t affect Firefox itself or the way it operates. In fact, FinSpy only uses the brand and trademarks to lie and mislead users, which is one of its methods to avoid detection and deletion.

If you are targeted by FinSpy and decide to take a look at files related to the spyware, you’ll see that Gamma misrepresents the software as being “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with the popular browser with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to Firefox and Mozilla Developers. This tactic showed up in a spyware attack in Bahrain, which targeted democracy activists, as well as in spyware used in the run-up to Malaysia’s future elections.


By:
SaM
May 14th,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, May 14th, 2013



Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-05-14 11:38:57)
frostycarver avatarUNBELIEVABLE!

2
posted by (2013-05-14 14:45:31)
edddy avatarAnonymous, i have a mission for you.

3
posted by Kitty (2013-05-14 15:32:34)
Crash1 avatarOK, we can list COPYRIGHT violations, TRADEMARK violations, and several OTHER hacking related illegal activities, and these guys AREN'T BEING PROSECUTED??
The NEXT person taken to court for ANY of these activities can point out this company's activities as being seemingly above the law and simply ask why he/she/they were targeted when blatant violators can seemingly avoid any charges. They'll get told 'The spyware is used by governments' and is therefore exempt from prosecution. TYPICAL!!

4
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-14 20:05:42)
Embolism avatarDepartments of Dirty tricks is not just limited to the good ole USA,whilst the UK government won`t admit to openly spying through ISP`s it doesn`t mean it will stop malware monitoring of its citizens or anyone else for that matter once again taking Americas lead in cyber spying,a good article SaM.

5
posted by (2013-05-14 21:12:12)
Gaspode avatarSorry but nowhere can I find within Gamma or FinSpy pages nor reference to anything that states it is a "British government spyware outfit". It seems to be purely a private company selling IT surveillance software that has been used by several governments. Sam please correct your article and provide accurate news and not journalism please.

6
posted by (2013-05-16 02:29:30)
rootkat avatarOk since we are being all critical and stuffs, the sentence in part reads '...the British government spyware outfit...'. As this company not only is based in Britain, owns the Finfisher app and has seen a fair amount of business from the UK government, including not only providing applications such as this but also training UK govt employees then the statement is correct. They are clearly used by the UK government. You sir, inferred 'ownership' of this company which SaM did not imply and seeing as English is not his primary language, i personally will forgive it as his only clear intention was to get this information out to the public, to get them to begin to ask question, to raise awareness and interest. If i use that as a benchmark then your own research into this subject seems to bear out his success.

7
posted by ET lover (2013-05-16 04:38:42)
Beamer_Smith avatarI could be wrong on this, But... what are the odds that a spy/spyware company would publish it's government afilliations on their web site?

8
posted by (2013-05-17 00:02:41)
Gaspode avatar@rootkat - I sir did not infer ownership but the phrase "British Government spyware outfit" DOES infer that the company and the software involved are part of the British Government which clearly is not the case and is entirely INCORRECT as regardless of who uses a product or it's training services, and many countries have used this companies services and applications, the simple fact of use of the same does not provide evidence of ownership of that company. I must also append the missing information that the company is not based in Britain but has a branch there, it also has a branch in Germany...is it "German government spyware outfit" because of this? There is no criticism in asking that the facts are correct. A more truthful statement may have been along the lines of "a computer surveillance company with links to several governments including that of the UK"

9
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-17 03:04:27)
Embolism avatar@gaspode quote:The spyware is used by governments to snoop on citizens.
The UK government contracted Firm which has various countries of operation has and is using spyware/malware on citizens of said governments for which M.F is rightly miffed as they misuse and misrepresent their malware as firefox.exe,a simple story to follow and whether contracted to use the malware in the UK,Germany or any other country at said countries Governments behest it clearly shows the road we all are going down in being monitored without our consent, in breach of privacy unilaterally over a medium created for all to be free and controlled by none.

10
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-17 03:24:55)
Embolism avatarWhat everyone should question is the CIA/NSA Global Cyber strategy whitepaper of 2001-2012 which clearly outlines well before 911 ,Iraq and Afghanistan the Intent of America to dominate the world wide web and any other communications.Fuelled by the Patriot act,Paranoia and state propaganda this NSA/CIA policy has in collaboration with European governments infected the world with more monitoring through social networks ,malware and spyware so that all governments are now following suit not to catch terrorists who know about safe transport comms, but to spy and monitor on their citizens in an Orwellian nightmare.One of the biggest IT money spinners is now to sign up to IT security firms and write Malware,Spyware and deep packet inspection applications for which self serving purpose one has to ask and where will it stop,food for thought.

11
posted by (2013-05-17 05:25:31)
happydude avatar@ Gaspode, I found this with Google & 2 clicks, Bro, you need to get off of Bing .......

"FinFisher, also known as FinSpy,[1] is surveillance software marketed by Gamma International, a software firm with a UK-based branch Gamma International Ltd in Andover, United Kingdom, and a Germany-based branch Gamma International GmbH in Munich..." ... just a partial quote of the very first sentence & from the following:

h**p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FinFisher

Thanks once again, Sam, for another eye opening news article.

12
posted by (2013-05-17 08:04:32)
Gaspode avatar@ Embolism. "The spyware is used by governments to snoop on citizens", this is the point being made. Your quote is simple and makes no implication of ownership, Sams does not. As for your other point I concur. Gamma Int is a company that should be investigated for it's methods and if need be, shut down. William Louthean Nelson on the other hand is in line for prison for his tax avoiding shell company operation regarding Gamma which is run from the British Virgin Islands as the greasy little toerag is costing me more tax.

@ happydude. I've never used Bing and never will and I'm not sure what your trying to say as this information is not contested. I'm questioning the use of the phrase implying that the company who developed and market the spyware are part of the British Government as implied in the article.

Incorrect information from those trying to help can be more damaging than false information from those trying to harm, it can also be actionable legally if published. A perfect example was the 2008 Counter Terrorism Act which by many a misquote and misinterpretation, coupled with inaccurate reporting that links to Google Maps regarding the photographing of people and buildings, now has many UK citizens believing that it is illegal to take photographs in a public place, which of course it is not. I've always liked Sams articles as they amuse and inform and in some cases lead to heated arguments. Pointing out a grammatical error or something our of kilter is not criticism . Now someone will no doubt jump on this and good luck to you...hopefully you expand with facts and truths not rumours and lies and insults.

13
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-18 00:47:06)
Embolism avatar@12 Gaspode If you wish me to personally infer ownership of blame for such Malware/spyware I think my comments @10 do this,I have read the whitepaper from the director of the CIA on CIA/NSA Global Cyber Domination way back when it came out and such tactics as using overseas allies / partnerships to accomplish this goal was well documented as part of their agenda,this was well before the Patriot act and ,Iraq/Afghanistan etc and such events have only helped them accomplish their objectives so whether acting in collaboration with the USA,UK Germany or any other allied nation the practices being employed follow very closely the directives of the NSA and CIA.It must be said the current practices employed in the USA and systematically spreading the globe are very alarming despite the supposed protections Microsoft is advertising in regard their new explorer protecting your privacy BS especially in light of the Microsoft fusion centres role in correlating all information for the MAN and Obama wishing to wiretap all forms of communication without subpoena including the Internet in the future once again saying we will protect citizens privacy in one sentence then countermanding such a statement proposing spying on everyone,almost as ludicrous as his sanctioning waterboarding after his inauguration and then getting the Nobel peace prize for countermanding it after a few months and letting those that did the torturing get off with impunity,It truly is a mad,mad,mad,mad,mad,mad world!!

14
posted by (2013-05-19 15:45:52)
ihaveabluewaffle avatarthe end is near



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