Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1647 Firefox disables loophole that allows sites to track users via battery status
Mozilla Firefox is dropping a feature that lets websites see how much battery life a visitor has left, following research showing that it could be used to track browsers.

The feature, called the battery status API, allows websites to request information about the capacity of a visitor’s device, such as whether or not it’s plugged in and charging, how long it will last until it is empty, and the percentage of charge remaining.

It was intended to allow websites to offer less energy-intensive versions of their sites to visitors with little battery power left: for instance, a mapping site could download less information, or a social network could disable autoplaying video.
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#1660 Critical vulnerabilities pose a serious threat to Joomla sites
#1659 Web Bluetooth API privacy
#1658 Security update patches 13 Android vulnerabilities discovered by Trend Micro
#1657 AtomBombing: A code injection that bypasses current security solutions
#1656 Killing Mirai: Active defense against an IoT botnet
#1655 Google joins Mozilla and Apple in distrusting WoSign certificates
#1654 Kaspersky DDOS intelligence report for Q3 2016
#1653 Your home’s online gadgets could be hacked by ultrasound
#1652 Bug bounty hunter launches accidental DDoS attack on 911 systems via iOS bug
#1651 Google identified major vulnerability in Apple’s OS and iOS cores
#1650 How security flaws work: SQL injection
#1649 New, more-powerful IoT botnet infects 3,500 devices in 5 days
#1648 Microsoft says Russian APT group behind zero-day attacks
#1647 Firefox disables loophole that allows sites to track users via battery status
#1646 Phony Android Flash player installs banking malware
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