Iranian and Syrian dissidents targeted by spyware
cnet / Lance Whitney

Web users in Iran and Syria attempting to use a proxy tool to freely surf the Internet are reportedly being tracked by a new Trojan.

The proxy software known as Simurgh is used by many Iranian and Syrian citizens to make it seem as if their secure Internet connections are coming from a different country. Such proxy programs are common ways to mask a user's PC and Internet information in order to circumvent local censorship restrictions.

"This Trojan has been specifically crafted to target people attempting to evade government censorship," the University of Toronto team wrote in its blog. "Given the intended purpose of this software, users must be very careful if they have been infected by this Trojan."

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