Mozilla Firefox to Block Crypto Mining and Fingerprinting

Kathleen Jordan
By Kathleen Jordan
Posted on Feb. 11, 2019
Mozilla Firefox to Block Crypto Mining and Fingerprinting

To discourage the crypto-jacking attacks, the internet browser, Firefox will soon block crypto mining and fingerprinting. The recent bug updates posted by Mozilla are indicative of the possible code implementation which will ensure safe browsing. As reported by the Block and BleepingComputer, the recent times risked users’ CPU resources as hackers invaded their browsers to mine crypto without their consent.


An exact time-frame for the full implementation has not been given by the team at Mozilla but the need for such security features had been identified by the team as early as May last year. At that time, many users of the browser expected Firefox 63 to have improved privacy and protection features. The current Version 65 of the browser was released late January this year and has some enhanced tracking protection. This is an indicator that the features are gradually being implemented by the team.


Know About Crypto Jacking


In the past few months, there have been numerous incidences of millions of computers falling victim to crypto jacking. One incident involved the government websites in India being illegally used to mine cryptocurrencies. The main culprit is crypto mining malware that gains control of a computing device or website and continues to use its computing power to mine cryptocurrencies


Know About Fingerprinting


Our physical fingerprints are unique to us and make up the majority of the biometric information that is part of the records used by our governments to issue identification cards. When it comes to the internet, there is also a digital fingerprint we make with each click.


Internet browser cookies have spurred the growth of privacy-centred browsers such as Brave. Some of the information that constitutes digital fingerprints are easily probed by corporate entities. Hence the threat of misuse is always looming above.


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