A Jewish woman is suing a security company after she was targeted with anti-exploitation software.
The Israeli-American, who asked not to be named, sued Avira Systems in March 2017, accusing it of offering “anti-exploration software” and a “software platform that facilitates cybercriminal activities.”
Avira is one of Israel’s biggest companies.
In 2017, it acquired an Israeli security firm that provides malware detection and threat assessment services to Israeli companies, including Avira.
Avira has been named in more than 100 lawsuits filed by Jewish victims of anti-Semitism.
In the Avira lawsuit, the woman alleged Avira used “a variety of malware programs to steal personal information from her personal computer, and to gain access to her bank accounts.”
She alleged Aviary also targeted her email and social media accounts and used the software to install spyware.
The lawsuit alleges Aviary has a “system of cybercriminals” that has exploited its “platform and software to conduct cyber-crimes and extort financial settlements” from Jewish customers.
“It is a blatant attempt to blackmail and extorted money from a Jewish customer,” the lawsuit states.
Aviary declined to comment.
Aviras attorneys, in a statement, called the lawsuit “without merit.”
“Avira Systems has always been dedicated to helping its customers protect their privacy and security and to providing a platform that offers the widest possible range of anti security services,” the statement read.
“We are confident in our security practices and our legal team has been working tirelessly to defend our customers’ data.”
Avira’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.
The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the woman last year, claiming Aviary “used software to take control of her computer, delete her files, change her password and gain access” to her social media account.
Aviar also used “software to gain unauthorized access to Avira’s network” and “extort money from Avira customers.”
The woman said she lost nearly $100,000 from Aviary.
Avira initially denied the accusations and said the company was not aware of the woman’s lawsuit.
In response to the lawsuit, Avira said it was “aware of the matter.”