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May 2010

New kind of phishing attack

” The team behind the Firefox browser has warned users about a new kind of phishing attack.The new phishing attack replaces an inactive browser tab on the Firefox browser with a malicious phishing page designed to steal user names and passwords for e-mail and bank accounts from unsuspecting users.Firefox creative team leader, Aza Raskin, stated that the attack, which only affects the latest version of Firefox, is easily avoidable if users are cautious and check that the URL in the browser address page is correct before proceeding to enter any details.The new phishing attack affects an inactive tab on the…

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Thunderbird 3.1RC1 Released

Mozilla Messaging has release the first Release Candidate for the upcoming Thunderbird 3.1. This release is intended for extension developers and beta testers. New features in Thunderbird 3.1 that require feedback include: New Quick Filter toolbar New Migration Assistant Saved Files Manager Several fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2 Several design improvements and corrections to the interface Stability, memory, and password handling improvements More information and download available via Mozilla Developers News.

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Firefox 3.7 going to Beta as Firefox 4.0

Once again Mozilla has renumbered a future release in mid-build. They did this last year with Firefox 3.1 which became 3.5 with Beta 4 release in April. Firefox 3.7 has been renumbered as Firefox 4 with the upcoming Beta 1 release possibly as early as June 2010. Release Candidate 1 could be released as early as October 2010 which means we could see Firefox 4 released around Thanksgiving/Christmas. Whilst on the subject of Firefox 3.7/4.0, there is currently not a code name assigned to this build. They have been labeled as Mozilla Developer Preview.

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Firefox 3.5.10/3.6.4 Delayed

For those of you expecting an update for the Firefox 3.5 and 3.6 builds today, you will need to wait a bit longer. Due to some blockers on the upcoming 3.6.4 build discovered earlier this week, the upcoming releases have been postponed. While these blockers do no affect the 3.5.10 release, Mozilla will not push out this release until 3.6.4 is ready to ship. No word yet on an updated release date, I am hoping to have some news in the next couple days for the end of the week Release Recap post.

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John Lilly leaving Mozilla as CEO

Current CEO of Mozilla Corp, John Lilly has announced he is leaving his position as CEO later this year. Lilly is going to pursue new challenges as a venture capitalist, something that has been in the works for the past few years. Sometime this year John will step down from his role as CEO at Mozilla to join the venture firm Greylock Partners, returning to his original plan of investing. John will remain on the Board of the Mozilla Corporation. And he will also remain at Mozilla during the transition. The timing of this announcement — just as we begin…

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