Firefox developer accuses Gamma International of passing off

Mozilla issues cease and desist notice over passing off claims.


Open source software vendor Mozilla has issued a cease and desist notice to Gamma International for producing spyware that allegedly passes itself off as its flagship web browser Firefox.

In a recent blog post, Alex Fowler, global privacy and public policy leader at Mozilla, stated: "We cannot abide a software company using our name to disguise online surveillance tools that can be and in several cases actually have been  used by Gamma's customers to violate citizens' human rights and online privacy.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"As an open source project trusted by hundreds of millions of people around the world, defending Mozilla's trademarks from this type of abuse is vital to our brand, our users and the continued success of our mission," he added.

Spyware is a type of software that tracks and gathers information about users, generally without their consent or knowledge.  

Beyond data collection, spyware can also make computers vulnerable to attacks by malware and other infections.

According to Mozilla, Gamma international's software tricks users into thinking they are using the legitimate Firefox program by misrepresenting itself as "Firefox.exe".

 "Not only are these activities illegal, but we take them seriously because they are deceptive, harm users, cause consumer confusion, and jeopardise Mozilla's reputation," said Fowler.

Advertisement - Article continues below

However, Mozilla has also stressed that Gamma's Spyware is entirely separate from Firefox, and does not affect the browser itself.

Gamma International had not responded to IT Pro's request for comment at the time of writing.

Featured Resources

The case for a marketing content hub

Transform your digital marketing to deliver customer expectations

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

IT faces new security challenges in the wake of COVID-19

Beat the crisis by learning how to secure your network

Download now



K2View innovates in data management with new encryption patent

28 May 2020
video conferencing

Zoom 5.0 adds 256-bit encryption to address security concerns

23 Apr 2020

WhatsApp flaw leaves users open to 'shoulder surfing' attacks

21 Apr 2020
cyber security

Microsoft AI can detect security flaws with 99% accuracy

20 Apr 2020

Most Popular

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft warns users not to install Windows 10's May update

28 May 2020
cyber security

Microsoft bans Trend Micro driver from Windows 10 for "cheating" hardware tests

27 May 2020
data protection

NHS yet to understand risks of holding Test and Trace data for 20 years

29 May 2020