Firefox browser updated version includes an option to block crypto-jacking scripts on websites. Users can tick a box that prevents crypto mining in the “Privacy & Security” tab of the browser.
The new options allows to avert start of crypto mining scripts in the browser, which usually run without users’ acceptance and use the computer processor power for hackers’ gain.
A follow-up bounty scheme to reward users with tokens for publicizing the project also saw major issues when a partner marketing company soon walked away, the news source indicates. Going the bounty route also raises the thorny issue, as reported by CoinDesk, that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has indicated that even giving away tokens may break securities rules.
The option has become available in beta version since April, thanks to Mozilla teaming up with cybersecurity firm Disconnect. Web browser Opera provides miner protection in its mobile apps.
Crypto-jacking is the unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. The code that start crypto-jacking can be propagated by malware and placed directly within computer systems or on websites by hackers to mine using victims’ PCs through browsers.