Mozilla is finally taking part in the fight against the FBI, asking that they be the first provided with any and all information about the Tor vulnerability; even before it is provided to the defendant in the lawsuit.
“At this point, no one (including us) outside the government knowns what vulnerability was exploited and whether it resides in any of our code base,” Chief Legal and Business Officer for Mozilla, Denelle Dixon-Thayer wrote in a blog post.
Mozilla had asked the U.S. District Court in Western Washington that it be supplied with any information about the Tor vulnerability before it is released to anyone else in the interest of all Firefox users. Mozilla explained why the request is being made by saying that they need to be aware first so they can fix any exploit before it is made public. Since the Tor browser is comprised of a version of Firefox with some alterations that provide extra privacy features, Mozilla’s request is legitimized even further.
The FBI used the NIT in 2015 to monitor, track and trace visitors of the largest Dark Net child porn site named Playpen. The NIT the FBI used delivered malware through a Tor flash exploitation. Once