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Mozilla Fears DarkMatter “Misuse” Of The Browser For Hacking

Mozilla, the maker of Firefox browser, is thinking on whether to block DarkMatter, a cybersecurity firm, from working as one of the firm’s Internet security gatekeepers. This move by the firm holds significance as it comes after a Reuters report associated the UAE-based company to a cyber-spying program. In January 2019, Reuters reported that DarkMatter offered staff for a secret hacking operation named Project Raven, for an Emirati intelligence agency. This unit was significantly included ex-US intelligence officials who were involved in carrying out hateful cyber operations for the UAE Government.

Ex-Raven operatives told Reuters that numerous DarkMatter executives were not aware of the mysterious program. This program was operated from a new Abu Dhabi mansion, which is far away from DarkMatter’s headquarters. Those operations included numerous activities such as hacking into the Internet accounts of journalists, human rights activists, and officials from opponent governments, Reuters found.

On a similar note, Firefox is found to be advancing with every additional update release. The most recent upgrade drastically advanced the browser and it seems that yet another key change is being trialed in Firefox Nightly division. Firefox 67 is estimated to come with the capability to discard/unload unused tabs on Windows automatically. Reportedly, this feature is supposed to minimize memory usage. This might significantly advance performance on low-end devices.

This feature is previously being trialed by Mozilla in the Nightly build of Firefox. It is supposed to be open to all users in a very short time period. It is supposed to automatically unload tabs that are not in use as well as those in which the content of the opened tabs has already been loaded in the background. When the idle tabs are running, they use a lot of memory. Mozilla’s latest solution minimizes memory consumption by automatically removing such unused tabs.