Altcoin News: Firefox Vulnerability Was Used to Attack Coinbase Cryptographic Employees

June 21, 2019, by Marko Vidrih on ALTCOIN MAGAZINE

Marko Vidrih
Jun 21 · 2 min read

The zero-day vulnerability, recently discovered in the Mozilla Firefox browser, was used to carry out attacks on the computers of employees of the American Crypto Exchange Coinbase. It was announced by a representative of the security department of the exchange Philip Martin.

As it turned out, the zero-day vulnerability, announced on June 18, was not the only problem. The second vulnerability in conjunction with the first used to attack Coinbase.

“On Monday, Coinbase detected & blocked an attempt by an attacker to leverage the reported 0-day, along with a separate 0-day firefox sandbox escape, to target Coinbase employees,” writes Martin.

According to him, other companies from the cryptocurrency industry have come to the attention of the intruders. Coinbase is currently sending notifications to other market participants to warn them that they too could be among the potential targets of this attack. At the same time, experts failed to find evidence of the use of exploits against Coinbase clients.

The Coinbase Security team reported on the vulnerability in conjunction with cybersecurity researcher Samuel Gross, who claims to have contacted the company about this in mid-April.

The developer of the browser, for its part, acknowledged that the vulnerability was indeed used to carry out real attacks, and released an updated version of its software with the necessary patches.

Author: Marko Vidrih


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