Google Chrome Users Attacked By Newly Discovered Spyware
GOOGLE CHROME – A spyware attacked users via 32 million downloads of app extensions via Google Chrome, one of the world’s leading browsers.
This was reported by Awake Security, who noted that the tech giant failed to protect browsers, which are mainly used for email, payroll, and other sensitive features.
The company behind Google said that it removed more than 70 of the said malicious extensions from its official Web Store after researchers alerted them last months.
Among these extensions were most claiming to warn users about questionable websites or convert files from one format to another. They, instead, siphoned off browsing history and data which contains credentials for access to internal business tools.
Awake co-founder and chief scientist Gary Golomb reported that this is, by far, the most far-reaching malicious Chrome store campaign to date, based on the number of downloads.
The giant further refused to disclose any details on how the spyware compared with prior campaigns, the breadth of the damage, or why did the said spyware not detect and remove the bad extensions on its own despite its claim to supervise offerings more closely.
Based on the report, it was still unclear who was behind the incident. Awake added that the developers supplied fake contact information when they submitted the extensions to Google.
“Anything that gets you into somebody’s browser or email or other sensitive areas would be a target for national espionage as well as organized crime,”
This was a statement from former National Security Agency engineer Ben Johnson, who founded Carbon Black and Obsidian Security, bothh are security firms.
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