Mozilla pulls password-sniffing Firefox add-on

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Mozilla has issued a warning that a Firefox add-on available from the official Mozilla Add-Ons website was secretly sending users’ stolen passwords to a remote location.

“Mozilla Sniffer” was uploaded to the Firefox add-on site on June 6th, but was only determined at the start of this week to contain code that sent the contents of website login forms to a remote location.

In other words, if you installed this add-on (and according to Mozilla about 1800 people did) then everytime you entered your password on a website you were potentially handing over your confidential login details to an unknown party.

And this isn’t the first time that Firefox add-ons have made the security headlines. For instance, earlier this year Mozilla revealed that the Master Filer add-on was…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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