In line with a recent official ‘announcement‘ published, renowned web browser namely ‘Mozilla Firefox’ has launched its new security levels against cryptocurrency mining malware in its latest browser version.
Within the latest versions of Firefox Nightly 68 and Beta 67, Mozilla has enabled a more secure level of protection against cryptocurrency mining as well as fingerprint hack attacks in a part of the browser’s content blocking suite of protections.
The new browsing feature has been developed unitedly with privacy and security software firm named ‘Disconnect’, and represents a set of blacklists of malware domains related to the ‘fingerprinting‘ and cryptocurrency ‘mining scripts‘.
Disconnect’s blacklist is reportedly able to block the in-browser mining services like Coinhive and CryptoLoot in line with the tech news media outlet namely ‘BleepingComputer’.
The new Firefox protection is presently not enabled by default, however it can be enabled within the Privacy and Security settings’ section, the announcement adds, mentioning that the protections will be turned on by default in Nightly within the few upcoming days.
As ‘reported‘ earlier in Sept. last year, Mozilla has already declared that it’ll block cryptojacking malware within its future versions of Firefox.
‘Cryptojacking‘ is a major hacking scheme that’s outlined as the secret employment of users’ computing power to mine cryptocurrencies without the knowledge of the users. Earlier in Dec. last year, Bloomberg added that cryptojacking ‘reportedly‘ became the largest cybercrime globally, having even overtaken ransomware threats.
Recently, a Japanese court ‘freed‘ an individual in the case of illicit mining of cryptocurrencies by employing on -line crypto mining ‘Coinhive’. Previously, a Ukrainian man ‘faced‘ around 6 years of imprisonment for allegedly placing cryptocurrency mining malware scripts on his own websites.