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Firefox Add-ons, one found with creepy behavior

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5:13 am on May 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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A high-rated Firefox extension with more than 7 million downloads secretly collects data about every website the open-source browser visits and combines it with uniquely traceable information tied to the user, an independent security researcher said.

The undisclosed behavior of the Ant Video Downloader and Player add-on takes place even when the Firefox private browsing mode is turned on or when users are availing themselves of anonymity services such as Tor. The add-on carries a rating of four out of five possible stars and gets an average of almost 7,000 downloads per day, according to official Mozilla statistics.

[theregister.co.uk...]

Would not be surprised if many more have similar intrusive behavior...
 

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