Google shuts off antiphishing feature in Firefox 2.0

January 21, 2009 – 5:16 PM

Although the two most-recent builds of Firefox 2.0, labeled and, have omitted the defense, earlier editions of the browser were still able to query Google for a list of sites suspected of hosting identity theft scams. But Google is now shutting down the blacklist, said Mike Beltzner , the director of Firefox.

“If you’re using a previous version of Firefox 2, even though the feature is enabled in your browser, as of January 20 no new data will be sent to your computer,” Beltzner said in a post to the Mozilla developer center blog Monday.

Mozilla had warned users last month that Firefox 2.0, which was slated to be dropped from support, would soon lack antiphishing protection because Google wanted to discontinue the obsolete blacklist protocol that served the aged browser.


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