Today's second piece of news concerning Mozilla, after the one related to the debut of Firefox 71, is related to the cancellation of four browser extensions made by Avast and the subsidiary AVG. The reason? Inside them, written code was found in order to extend the browsing history and other user information.
Mozilla deletes the Avast and AVG Firefox extensions
The alarm was launched last month by Wladimir Palant, creator of AdBlock Plus, speaking directly about something comparable to spyware. In detail, the offending add-ons are Avast Online Security, AVG Online Security, Avast SafePrice and AVG SafePrice. The first two deal with showing warnings when reaching malicious or potentially dangerous sites, the others are linked to online shopping with tools for price comparison, obtaining coupons and promotions.
It remains to be seen whether Google it will do the same: when this article is written and published, all four extensions are also downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. Meanwhile, Avast has announced to the site editor ZDNet to be working closely with Mozilla to resolve the situation as soon as possible. We report the short statement below in translated form.
The Avast Online Security extension is a security tool that protects online users from threats such as infected websites and phishing attacks. It is necessary for the service to collect the URLs in the history so that it can provide the functionality in question. Avast does this without capturing or saving the user's identity. We have already implemented some of the new requirements requested by Mozilla and will release fully compliant and transparent updated versions. Will be available as always on the Mozilla store, in the short term.