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Re: [tor-talk] Invaded by disconnect.me
On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 8:41 PM, Mirimir <mirimir@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 05/31/2015 08:55 PM, Paul A. Crable wrote:
> > Perhaps someone could help me here. On version 4.5.1 of the Tor
> > browser, the search field, to the right of the place to enter the URL,
> > has a symbol on it that is proprietary to disconnect.me. I have also
> > found that while working on the WWW, from time to time a screen comes up
> > from direct.me asking me to enter search terms and to select the search
> > engine to use.
> > It appears that disconnect.me has hijacked the search field in Foxfile,
> > and also found a way to interpose it's own search screen when URL's
> > be found. I have done nothing to make this happen, and unfortunately
> > don't know what I can do to make it go away.
> > Can anyone explain why this is happening?
> > Until now the default search engine for Tor was Start Page, but that's
> > gone. Is Tor no longer using Start Page as the default search engine?
> > I expect this kind of thing with a standard browser, but I thought Tor
> > Foxfile had pretty well locked things down to prevent this kind of thing
> > happening.
> > Any thoughts?
> > Paul
> At first, I was just going to say that disconnect.me is the default
> search option in Tor Browser 4.5.1. But then I see on the blog:
> | Last comment for the disconnect search add-on on on mozillas
> | add-on pages does not sound good.
> | >This plugin should enhance security, but in fact is doing
> | quite opposite.
> | Disconnect-search is regularly uploading plugin settings and
> | usage data, along with unique user ID, browser Agent string
> | and IP address not only to the developers website, but to
> | third parties as well (amazon servers of unknown account and
> | adobe stats servers).
> | That is confirmed in the discussion about a different bug:
> | https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1166692#c1
> Some clarification would be good.
>  https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-451-released
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