Freegate is not Trojan horse, says Symantec

The Register site reported that “Symantec is to stop classifying a software utility that enables Chinese surfers to view blocked websites as a Trojan horse.

The reassessment follows stories earlier this week questioning the designation of the widely-used Freegate programas malicious code. Freegate has 200,000 users, Dynamic Internet Technology ( DIT ), its developer, estimates. The software lets users view sites banned by the Chinese government by taking advantage of a range of proxy servers assigned to changeable internet addresses. Symantec mislabelled this behaviour as that of malicious code and wrongly-labelled Freegate as malign. ”

Register’s article is here. Also, according to DIT‘s president Bill Xia: “6pm last night US EST, one user in China found the new virus definition list from Norton no longer label Freegate as Trojan.”

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