Firefox Add-on squeezes out wi-fi hackers

A big round of applause for researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who have just released an add-on for Firefox 3 that promises to restore your faith in the internet.

Perspectives employs a set of friendly sites that independently check whether they’re receiving the same authentication information (digital certificates) from online banking, retail and other financial websites.

If one notary gets different information than the browser or other notaries, it is possible that an attacker has compromised the connection – either by ‘spoofing’ Domain Name System (DNS) entries or possibly because you’ve accidentally logged on to a malicous wi-fi hotspot pretending to a genuine provider. In either case, Perspectives will alert you.
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