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“After I installed this extension and logged in with my credentials it was not working,” reported Firefox user Cali, adding that when they checked back about 8 hours later, their cryptos worth around $4000 had been transferred to another wallet.
Within five days of Cali's public report of the incident this month, a Mozilla spokesperson responded saying that they were investigating the incident, before dropping the fake add-on’s listing.
Reporting on the development, BleepingComputer explains that in order to publish an add-on on Mozilla's add-ons website, developers must follow a submission process that states submitted add-ons are "subject to review by Mozilla at any time."
However, the extent of such a review isn’t specified, nor has Mozilla explained how the fake add-on managed to get listed.
Furthermore, while the malicious browser add-on has been taken down, BleepingComputer reports that the phishing website set up by the threat actors is still up.
The website asks users for their secret twelve-word backup phrase in order to pair the SafePal wallet, which is then silently sent to the threat actor behind the fake extension.
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With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.