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As of May 26 2012, any website available to European visitors must comply with the EU E-Privacy Directive. New laws came into effect in 2011 which prevent identifying information being stored a user’s computer without their knowledge and consent.

The problem is not unique to Firefox; Chrome and Safari also generate thumbnails of HTTPS page content but their images are smaller and less readable. Firefox’s larger snapshots can reveal webmail and online banking sessions containing visible account numbers, balances and subject lines — even after you’ve logged out.

Looks like someone exploited vBulletin’s mass-mailing feature (must be a new exploit, since the release seems to be up to date), and/or user data was leaked/compromised. I tried asking them nicely about it, which resulted in a permanent ban: You have been banned for the following reason: attack of forum lies Date the ban will be lifted: Never I discovered this since I received a suspicious e-mail with a link addressed to the mailbox I specifically created for this forum.