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Google and Mozilla to block Kazakh control moves

FILE PHOTO: Men are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration in Zenica October 29, 2014. The logo has been updated and is no longer in use. REUTERS/dado Ruvic

(Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google, and the Firefox web browser maker, Mozilla, and took action on Wednesday to block the Kazakhstan government for the creation of an online surveillance system by using their respective web browsers.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to block a particular government certificate, which allows the authorities to decrypt it, and read up on all of a user’s messages, or by using the web browser, including account information and passwords, the companies said.

Earlier this month, Kazakhstan said it had not stopped the implementation of the system, the roll-out of what has been described as a test case by the government.

State security officials had told her that her goal was the protection of the Kazakh-users from attacks by hackers, online fraud, and other cyber threats”.

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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