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Monday, February 20, 2006
The Botnet
If I wasn't paranoid enough, just read this wapo article:

Invasion of the Computer Snatchers

Now I just notice that every once in a while -- like when I posted my last blogger post -- my screen kinda flashes. I just installed a few -- what I hope are benign! -- Firefox extensions. I haven't heard about any mal-extensions yet. So I hope this is a side-effect associated with these.

What I fear -- one of these extensions or some other scumware is quickly post my data to a third-party site then instantly redirecting me to the site I'm looking for. Is this possible with Firefox extensions? If so, how long before an extension like this pops up? Answer: (if possible) it already exists.

I figure the one thing I got going for me -- I'm a little more cautious than the hoard of myspace users out there. Is that enough to keep one safe?

A great postscript to the wapo story:

The Perils of Metadata (
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
On the issue of FF ext security, just found this:

Moral: extensions are only as secure as the community that scrutinizes them.