FreeGate is a software utility that enables Chinese,Iranian and Tunisian surfers to view websites banned by their government
The software takes advantage of a range of proxy servers assigned to changeable internet addresses, which allows users in China, Iran, Tunisia and Myanmar access to sites banned by the Chinese, Iranian and Myanmar governments. The program exploits open proxies, which allow users to penetrate firewalls used to block web sites.
Trojan Horse reports
The Financial Times, citing a member of staff at Symantec in China, reported that Norton AntiVirus identified Freegate as a trojan horse. There were initial fears that the reports may be a ploy by the Chinese authorities to encourage removal of the software from computers, but it was soon delisted as a threat. Symantec explained that its detection was based on the software operating similarly to various Trojan horses, based on the use of open proxies to penetrate firewalls used to block web sites, but that it had modified its detection to exclude Freegate. However, Spyware Guide lists it as a Trojan.
Since late September 2007, users in China trying to download the Skype software are redirected to the Tom.com site from which a modified Chinese version can be downloaded. Activists in China are warning about the possibility that TOM's versions have or will have more trojan capability. DIT believes that Skype has been pressured by the Chinese authorities to apply censorship measures, which are targeted at curbing the popularity of Freegate in China.