Not the real Firefox 7 website – be wary of Google’s search results

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re keen to download Firefox 7, please make sure that you download it from the correct website.

When I did a Google for “Firefox 7” this morning, look at the second result I received:

The site is called firefox7.org. So what do you see if you visit the firefox7.org website?

You’ll find some promotional puff about Firefox 7, followed by download links residing on a Blogspot page called “mozillas”.

As you may have guessed by now, Firefox7.org isn’t run by Mozilla.

Instead it was created earlier this year by a Chinese chap called Xiaojuan Zhang. At least, that’s what the site’s registration information says:

Domain Name:FIREFOX7.ORG
Created On:22-May-2011 02:11:29 UTC
Last Updated On:28-Aug-2011 10:51:34 UTC
Expiration Date:22-May-2012 02:11:29 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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