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Firefox Add-on Turns Computer into Botnet

An add-on in Firefox has been discovered to turn user’s computers into botnets, scanning all visited websites for vulnerabilities.

The bug which is being spread through the ‘Advanced Power’ add on has affected up to 12,500 machines, which has fed back just shy of 2000 vulnerable websites to its creators,  who are still yet to be traced. The malicious code within the add on scans all websites visited by the infected devices user, looking for SQL injection vulnerabilities which they can target with drive by attacks.

Firefox has now removed the add-on from its browser stating that the bug has been spread as the creators have fooled users into thinking they’re downloading the genuine add-on.


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