Google Chrome extensions that may possibly put you in a serious danger
The Google Company warned users for serious risk for some of its Google Chrome extensions. Security experts discovered a number of popular browser extensions that are filled with malicious software. If you’re using Chrome, you might want to check if you have downloaded extensions which will infect your computer’s malware.
Well, it’s not even a question that Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser in the world right now. It was recorded that last year, Google Chrome occupied a huge 58.90 percent of the internet browser marketplace. Its rivals, Mozilla Firefox only had 13.29 percent while the Internet Explorer had 13 percent. That’s not even a doubt thatnChrome really did well last year.
However, fans are on guard regarding the discovery of four malicious extensions.
Researchers from security firm ICEBRG discovered these four malicious extensions which were downloaded 500,000 time. The firm stumbled upon a security risk after detecting a suspicious spike in outbound traffic from a customer’s workstation.
It was caused by a Google Chrome extension called HTTP Request Header. It used infected machines to visit advertising links.
But, not just that. ICEBRG later discovered another three Chrome extensions that also did very similar things. These are the Nyoogle, Stickies, and Lite Bookmarks. The researchers believed that these extensions play a huge part in click-fraud scam. It can imitate the process of a user clicking on a link for an advert without the victim’s knowledge. And it can also potentially spy on the victim.
In their report, ICEBRG said, “In this case, the inherent trust of third-party Google extensions, and accepted risk of user control over these extensions, allowed an expansive fraud campaign to succeed. In the hands of a sophisticated threat actor, the same tool and technique could have enabled a beachhead into target networks.”
The good news here, Chrome already removed these four threatening extensions from their store after the report of the firm.