October 8, 2014

COWL, a New Web Privacy Tool, to Arrive for Chrome and Firefox

A group of researchers is making news for building a new web privacy system for the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers that more efficiently handles JavaScript code among other tasks. In a paper introduced this week in conjunction with the Proceedings of the 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation, the researchers reported that 59 per cent of the biggest one million websites, and 77 per cent of the top 10,000 websites,  incorporate jQuery, a tool that has been preyed on by hackers.

The researchers' new tool is dubbed COWL, and it will be available as a free download starting October 15. "Confinement with Origin Web Labels" (COWL) works with the Firefox and Chrome browsers and aims to prevent websites from leaking sensitive information. The team behind COWL includes researchers from University College London, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers and Mozilla Research.

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