Thousands of Firefox users see data compromised in unusual circumstances | #firefox | #chrome | #microsoftedge

Thousands of Firefox cookie databases which contain sensitive data that could potentially be used to hijack authenticated sessions are currently available on request from GitHub repositories.

As reported by The Register and first spotted by security engineer Aidan Marlin, these cookies.sqlite databases are used to store cookies between browsing sessions and are normally found in a user’s Firefox profiles folder. However, by searching GitHub using specific query parameters known as a search “dork”, they can be found online.

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