ibusinesslines.com September 21, 2018

Fake Adblock Plus add-on spotted in Google Chrome

10 October 2017, 05:39 | Jodi Jackson

Fake Adblock Plus add-on spotted in Google Chrome

Fake Adblock Plus add-on spotted in Google Chrome

The extension has now been taken down, but while up, it was listed directly next to the real product created by Adblock Plus, and was downloaded by around 37,000 users, leaving them potentially vulnerable to a variety of cybercrime.

SwiftOnSecurity - an anonymous cybersecurity personality - was the first to spot the fake Chrome extension.

It was downloaded by 37,000 Google Chrome users, according to SwiftOnSecurity, who also posted screenshots of the listing and a small selection of reviews.

However, it would appear that there are still cracks in Google's extension vetting and approval process for Chrome, despite narrowing down where such extensions can be downloaded from.

Situations like this happen because the process of uploading extensions on the Chrome Web Store is automated and Google employees only intervene when the extension is reported.

"Legitimate developers just have to sit back and watch as Google smears them with fake extensions that steal their good name". These popular keywords allowed the fake extension to pop up in unrelated search queries. Taking advantage of this, fraudulent developers pushed a fake version of the Adblock Plus extension into the Chrome Web Store, bypassing Google's checks and filters.

This latest incident of a phony Chrome extension comes as Google is overhauling Chrome, adding new features and different visual screens.

At the time, SwiftOnSecurity reported, nearly 37,000 people had already downloaded this application. He said the quality ad-blocking third parties should not have a problem with Google's own ad blocker.

Other News

Trending Now

Crude Oil Prices Mixed in Choppy Trade
Oil prices climbed at the end of last week, helped by news of yet another storm that curtailed production in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm follows Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which rattled energy markets last month after shutting refineries and pipelines.

Maharashtra Cuts VAT On Petrol, Diesel Prices
Hours after the Gujarat government announced the tax cut, Devendra Fadnavis government also came out with tax reduction on fuel. As a result of the slash in the state taxes, the price of petrol and diesel will get reduced by Rs 2 and Re 1 respectively.

Khloe Kardashian Breaks Silence On 'Baby Bump' Rumours On Instagram
Is Kylie Jenner finally ready to announce her alleged pregnancy? "What happens every time I say, 'Guess what?'" Kim asks Khloe . It's also believed that the 61-year-old is not allowing Kylie Jenner's boyfriend, Travis Scott , to post anything either.

Trump Threatens NFL Tax Breaks In Early-Morning Tweetstorm
Cowboys boss Jones was speaking on Sunday after being questioned about Pence's decision to walk out of the Colts-49ers game. Jones said he was unaware of their actions. "I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen", Trump tweeted.

Sylvester Stallone to produce and direct 'Creed 2'
Jordan ) will likely bring back the memories for Rocky and Ivan in Creed 2 as the franchise will look to refresh the wounds. Last month, Stallone hinted " Creed 2 " will start production next year.

Nadal savours purple patch, wraps up 6th title in Beijing
We are now in the process of scoping out land in Melbourne and looking for organisations and businesses to partner with us. He's had a great year and is one of the best players in the world right now.

Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP) Share Activity Climbing in Session
The Firm is formed to grow a portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. They may look to the 50-day or 20-day to get a better grasp of what is going on with the stock in the near-term.