Security researchers have uncovered 89 malicious Google Chrome extensions on the official Chrome store that can inject ads, code to secretly mine cryptocurrency, and load a tool to record and replay a person's browsing activities. This collection of extensions affected over 423,000 users and was used to form a new botnet called "Droidclub."
In November 2017, Princeton's Center for Information Technology highlighted the use of legitimate session-replay scripts on popular, high-traffic websites by third-party analytics firms. These scripts are used to record and replay a user's visit to a website, allowing the site owner to figure out what the user saw.Read more
Researchers have uncovered four malicious extensions with more than 500,000 combined downloads from the Google Chrome Web Store, a finding that highlights a key weakness in what's widely considered to be the Internet's most secure browser.
Google has since removed the extensions. Researchers stumbled on the find after detecting a suspicious spike in outbound network traffic coming from a customer workstation. They soon discovered it was generated by a Chrome extension called HTTP Request Header as it used the infected machine to surreptitiously visit advertising-related Web links.Read more
A new Google Chrome bug has been uncovered, which reportedly allows websites to record audio and video, without alerting the user or providing any visual indicators. Although the bug requires users to grant it permission to access audio and video features, it could potentially be used for spying on targets.
The bug was reportedly discovered by AOL developer Ran Bar-Zik, who reported the flaw to Google. However, Google said that it doesn't consider the issue to be valid security vulnerability, indicating that there is no quick fix on the way. Bar-Zik told that he came across the bug at work, when handling a website that ran WebRTC code.Read more
While going through the web browsing, annoying adverts get on your nerves and you are unable to do anything to get rid of them except closing them again and again. Sometimes, these advertisements are very useful in some context, but often, they are annoying and of course, you would like to find out a way to get rid of them.
Well! What you can do is to select an extension or app to block website ads. It is also necessary for you to get because, the appearance of these adverts can make your system slower down and thus, the website, you want to open will be also loaded slowly. It is incredibly irritating when you find yourself helpless before them.Read more
A banking and personal information stealing mobile malware posing as a Google Chrome update for Android, and which can't be removed from the infected device, has been spotted in the wild by cybersecurity researchers.
The infostealer malware - discovered by the Zscaler ThreatLabZ research team - is capable of harvesting banking information, call logs, SMS data and browser history which are all sent to a remote command-and-control server. Rather than being served by one URL, the malware squats on multiple domains which are similar to existing Google updates.Read more
The popular Google Chrome browser has some of the best security tools baked in with features such as Safebrowsing which protects users from malicious websites. By extension, ChromeOS which powers the affordable Chromebooks is indeed one of the safest systems one can get these days.
Even though the surface of attack is smaller than that of a typical Windows PC, online crooks will always find a way to abuse the system. One of the main points of entry is via rogue browser extensions which are increasingly becoming a problem and are being leveraged in various types of attacks ranging from data theft, spying, pop up ads and more.Read more
Anyone who likes to use their computer as a release, pay attention because your secret browsing might not be quite so secret. A bug has been discovered meaning that users of Google Chrome with Nvidia graphics chips don't always get Incognito Mode, even when the machine says it's on.
The rub of the story came from blogger charliehorse55 who explained that after a furious session of present buying, he decided to play Diablo III and was confronted, not with the loading screen, but an unloading screen showing all of the presents. It turns out this is just the tip. Nvidia GPUs don't flush the memory buffer at the end of a browsing session, and neither does Google Chrome.Read more
The AVG Web TuneUp Chrome extension, forcibly added to Google Chrome browsers when users were installing the AVG antivirus, had a serious flaw that allowed attackers to get the user's browsing history, cookies, and more.
The vulnerability was discovered by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who worked with AVG for the past two weeks to fix the issue. As he explains in his bug report, the AVG Web TuneUp extension, which lists over nine million users on its Chrome Web Store page, was vulnerable to trivial XSS attacks. Attackers aware of this problem would have been able to access a user's cookies and browsing history.Read more
At the MobilePwn2Own, a Chinese expert has demonstrated how to hijack an Android smartphone by exploiting a zero-day flaw in the Chrome browser. The Chinese expert has demonstrated how to hijack an Android smartphone by exploiting a flaw in the Chrome browser.
Over the past decade, there's been a privacy arms race between unscrupulous website operators and browser makers.
The former wield an ever-changing lineup of so-called zombie cookies that can't be easily deleted and attacks that sniff thousands of previously visited sites, while browser makers aim to prevent such privacy invasions by closing the design weaknesses that make them possible. Almost as soon as one hole is closed, hackers find a new one. Over the weekend, a researcher demonstrated two unpatched weaknesses that Web masters can exploit to track millions of people who visit their sites.Read more