Firefox Spyware Add-On Adobe Flash Player 0.2

1 Set/09

firefoxSecurity researchers at Trendmicro have discovered a spyware that is installing itself as an add-on in the popular web browser Firefox. The add-on, which is then listed in the Firefox add-on list, is named Adobe Flash Player 0.2. This add-on uses a description that links itself to Adobe Flash Player 10 which does look legit at first glance. Only the low version number and the fact that it is listed under extensions and not plugins could cause suspicion by Firefox users.

The spyware add-on itself is distributed through forums and websites but not the main Firefox add-on repository. Users are once again reminded to only install add-ons from trustworthy sources.

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The spyware add-on injects ads into Google search results pages. More disturbing than that is the fact that the Google search history gets transferred to a third party website that is (most likely) run by the developers of the spyware add-on. This means that every Google search query is transferred to the third party server.

Trendmicro suspects a change in criminal behavior. The web browser that was targeted the most in past years was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The user increases of Firefox makes it the second most popular web browser after Internet Explorer and some spyware developers might have decided that the critical mass is large enough to develop spyware for that web browser as well. Via Trendmicro, thanks Jojo for the news.

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