Firefox blocks 23 Extensions for collecting user data

Mozilla’s Firefox is one of the world’s most popular browser. It is available on almost all types of devices and platforms. It is available for Windows 10, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS and others as well. The most highlighted feature of this browser is the speed and the security that it provides the user with when browsing through the Internet. But recent reports kind of raise a question about the security aspect of the browser. Reportedly, 23 Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox were accused of violating the privacy of the users by sending out their data out of their computers.

Firefox blocks 23 Extensions

One of the main add-ons of this list was an extension called Web Security. This extension is built by a German company named Creative Software Solutions. It was one of the 14 favorite privacy extensions. It has a huge user based on 221,467 users who actively use it. The main purpose of the extension is that it actively protects the users from malware, tampered websites or phishing websites.

The issue with this extension was pointed out by the developer of uBlock origin Adblocker extension Raymond Hill. He used Reddit to point out the unusual behavior of the extension. He said that every page that was loaded on the browser was being sent to an external server as http://136.243.163.73/ as a POST data.

Some other extensions like Browser Privacy, Browser Safety, Dirty Little Helpers, SmartTube, etc. have also been accused of the same kind of privacy violation issues. These extensions have been immediately made unavailable and have been removed from the extension store by Mozilla until these issues are resolved.

Mozilla took their Bugzilla support page to list out all the extensions that have been removed. But they have not posted their names; rather they posted their IDs.

You can take a look at the IDs and have more information about the same here.

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