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Fake AdBlock Plus extension for Chrome tricks 37000 users

Fake AdBlock Plus extension for Chrome tricks 37000 users”

Security researchers have identified a fake Adblock Plus extension which has made its way past Google's verification process and into the in the Chrome Web Store - right next to the real one, which has more than 10 million users.

If you use Adblock Plus with Chrome and downloaded the extension pretty recently, you may want to check what you've installed.

At the time, SwiftOnSecurity reported, nearly 37,000 people had already downloaded this application. The extension is actually a mimic of Adblock Plus with the same logo, name (smartly modified) and it also spammed the keywords to generate a good amount of installations. Google has taken down the phony listing after SwiftOnSecurity tweeted about it and put the company on blast, but by then, it has already been up long enough to fool 37,000 people.

It's unclear if the extension was malicious and what, if any, personal data it may have stolen from the users who were unfortunate enough to fall for the ruse. Something similar happened two years ago, in 2015. This automated process has allowed Google to quickly build up its Web Store, which has surpassed Mozilla's add-ons repository to become the biggest browser extensions portal among all browsers. It's a fact that Google Chrome Store has many unwanted extensions unlike Microsoft Edge browser and now yet another fake extension AdBlock Plus was allowed to trick over 36,000 Chrome users.



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