Mozilla’s Firefox web browser is preparing an alert system to warn users when they are visiting a website that has been compromised in the past, according to a report.
Apparently, the feature is similar to the Google search’s warning “this site may be hacked” that it prompts for a website that seems to be hacked.
According to The Register, Mozilla has teamed up with “Have I Been Pwned (HIBP),” a website that allows people to check if their email ID or passwords have been leaked by hackers. Mozilla will essentially source data from the HIPB, which tracks data dumps by hackers that are often sold on the dark web.
According to Mozilla developer, Nihanth Subramanya, the warning feature will help “expose documentation/educational information about data breaches in the Firefox UI – for example, a “Learn more” link in the notification mentioned above leading to a support page,”.
It will “offer a way for interested users to learn about and opt for a service that notifies them (e.g. via email) when they may be affected by breaches in the future.”
Troy Hunt, the security expert behind HIBP, confirmed to another website, Engadget, that the feature was in development.
For now, the company has rolled out a developer edition which can be downloaded from Github.
“Firefox is just looking at which sites have been breached and we’re discussing other ways of using the data in the future,” Hunt told Engadget. “They’ve got a broad reach and surfacing this info via Firefox is a great way to get more exposure to data breaches.”