Google Removes Chrome Extensions Than 500 #Article

Google Removes Chrome Extensions Than 500 #Article

Does your favorite Google Extension no longer work? That may be the reason.

Recently Google pulled over 500 Chrome extensions because of malware concerns. The extensions took users to pages where malware and ad ads were featured without users knowing it.

Duo's security team: 

"Because of their potential for misuse under the general umbrella of helpful applications, browser extensions were considered to be a weak point for individual protection and privacy. In the case discussed here, Chrome extension developers deliberately created extensions that disfused users' underlying advertisement features to link browser clients to a command andUsers were being redirected to advertising so that extension developers could profit from the traffic.

Upon being asked, users said they were unaware of this, so it didn't make any difference when surfing.

Duo has said about 2 million users downloaded these extensions but it can not be said for sure how many users are affected by removing such extensions.

This is not the first time it has been abused. Ads are embedded in browsing sessions, according to a ZDNet post, but are not accessible because developers use tricks to mask them. Even in 2018, it was found that Chrome extensions were used to access login information, mine crypto-currencies, and even engage in click fraud.

So, the next time you download an extension, it's worth checking for whether it's from a known source.

You will no longer find the extensions in Google's web store, and Google even deactivated them from browsers when marking them as malicious, so that people don't download them anymore.

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