Firefox OS Hacked

After two years of development Mozilla launched Firefox OS for mobile devices just a few short months ago. And now there is malware for it.

Firefox OS is designed to run apps made with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and the OS is based on Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko technology. This makes the apps in Firefox OS websites displayed in the form of apps. This includes the camera and the phone dialer. This is accomplished be using web APIs to communicate with the devices hardware.

Firefox apps are either packaged or hosted. Packaged apps are zip files containing the apps code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript , images, etc.); where hosted apps are links pointing to  web based application that exist on a web server available to the public.

The malware uses just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to perform tasks remotely such as Accessing SD Card Data, Stealing Contacts, downloading-uploading Files on device, Tracking Geological location of the user and a few more.

The developer of the malware is 17 year old Shantanu Gawde who claims the malware is not an attack, but rather a proof of concept to help Firefox plug holes in their new mobile OS. To prove his intent Shantanu will demonstrate his proof of concept at Information “Security Summit – The Ground Zero (G0S) 2013” which will be held November 7th – 10th, 2013 at The Ashok, New Delhi.

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