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Firefox Will Now Show You Data Breach Alert If You Visit Hacked Sites
Mozilla has announced a new security feature in its Firefox Quantum web browser to alert users when they visit a website that was recently reported in a data breach.
So if you happen to stumble upon a website that was breached in the past 12 months, Firefox will send you a handy little notification.
But Mozilla knows better than to throw too many notifications at you, so they have promised that the alerts will “appear at most once per site.”
After sending you the first notification, Firefox will repeat such an alert only if you visit a site that was breached within the past two months and added to the database of breached sites.
But again, if you really don’t care about data breaches and hate notifications, Mozilla will let you opt out of it.
Mozilla explained in its blog that it fetches the list of hacked sites from its partner, Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) — which was integrated with Firefox earlier this year.
The new breach-alert feature is actually part of Mozilla’s existing Firefox Monitor service which notifies users if their email ID was present on the list of hacked databases.
Apart from these notifications, which will be rolled out to users in the next few weeks, Mozilla is also going to rollout Firefox Monitor in 26 languages.
The whole idea behind these initiatives is to help users stay safe by making them aware and updated about data breach activities that occur quite frequently.
U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile has revealed that 2 million of its customers, including some with metroPCS, were victims of a data breach that exposed names, billing zip codes, phone numbers, email addresses, and even their account type.
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No financial information, Social Security numbers or passwords were exposed in the breach, the company said. All affected customers have been notified.
Notably, the breach occurred on Aug. 20, and the carrier announced the incident less than a week later, showing quick transparency. Data breach reporting timelines have been a crucial element of regulations regarding regulation of personally identifiable information — including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which gives organizations just 72 hours to report to the relevant regulator.
Affected customers with questions can contact T-Mobile about the breach by dialing 611 on their mobile phone. The company has also noted that it is wise to change passwords regularly, even though none were believed to have been exposed in the hack.
With 75 million customers, the breach affected less than 5 percent of T-Mobile’s subscriber base.
Citing a spokesperson at the carrier, Threatpost reported that the breach occurred after hackers took advantage of a faulty API on an undisclosed part of its website. The attacks originated from IP addresses outside of the U.S.