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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Firefox Disabled Battery Status Loophole

Firefox Disabled Battery Status Loophole

Firefox Disabled Battery Status Loophole

Added: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
Mozilla Firefox has disabled a feature allowing websites to see how much battery life a visitor has left. This move was made after obtaining research results showing that this information could be used to track browsers. The feature was called the battery status API and let websites request information about the capacity of a visitor’s device, including such data as whether or not it’s plugged in and charging, how long the battery can last until it’s empty, and what is the current percentage of charge remaining. Aside from Firefox, Chrome and Opera also brought the battery status API to the public.
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Battery status feature was intended to allow websites to offer their less energy-intensive versions to the Internet users with little battery power left: for example, a mapping website could consume less data, while a social network could disable autoplaying video. However, last year the researchers discovered that it was easy to abuse the feature to track online browsing.

For example, when an Internet user visits a website in private browsing mode through a VPN, the website should not be able to link the user to their subsequent visit when the VPN off. However, the researchers warned that it is no longer the case, as the website can link users’ new and old identities by comparing battery level and charge/discharge times, and consequently re-instantiate users’ cookies and other client side identifiers.

It then turned out that tracking scripts were used in the wild to “fingerprint” a specific device, which allowed them to continuously identify it across multiple contexts. This is why the developers of Mozilla’s Firefox browser decided to remove the functionality from the program.


Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, November 4th, 2016



Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-11-04 17:01:23)
analogkid6103 avatarSure why not. Although I have a mental picture of the Enterprise tracking a Romulan Cloaked ship from the Original series. I guess its something like that.

2
posted by (2016-11-04 17:24:38)
Admiral_Smith avatarI wonder about something. Could they access the ACPI stack from that firefox plug in? Hmmm. I wonder why my dell had charging issues that I manually corrected without buying new equipment.

3
posted by Verified UploaderET junkie (2016-11-04 20:19:50)
800xl avatarHow does Captain Kirk pay his bills, He sends Chekov "cheque off" in the post.

4
posted by (2016-11-04 21:54:25)
n2kmaster avatar"For example, when an Internet user visits a website in private browsing mode through a VPN, the website should not be able to link the user to their subsequent visit when the VPN off. However, the researchers warned that it is no longer the case, as the website can link users’ new and old identities by comparing battery level and charge/discharge times, and consequently re-instantiate users’ cookies and other client side identifiers.".......LOL! Stupid battery ROFL!

5
posted by (2016-11-05 06:21:34)
chdr1 avatarso all pirates should get a desktop p/c`s no battery to worry about or be tracked by ....this big brother stuff is getting out of hand what ever happened to the right of privacy someone should sue em for billions that will stop em

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posted by (2016-11-05 07:58:55)
No avatarWe are WAY WAY WAY passed looking at how much battery life someone has!!!!!

7
posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-11-05 23:07:42)
Selsley avatarsod this crap, im moving to australia

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posted by (2016-11-05 23:30:38)
No avatarWhich is EXACTLY why I use VPN's ( Multiple different services ALL running simultaneously ) and Firefox !!! You really can't be truly invisible but at least you can make them work harder to track/find you.

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posted by (2016-11-11 12:14:30)
b10X avatarI had nothing to hide. Please track me all you want. I want targeted ads



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