A new spyware campaign has been discovered that attacked users via 32 million
downloads of extensions to the Google Chrome browser, asfirst reported
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-chrome-exclusive/exclusive-massive-spying-on-users-of-googles-chrome-shows-new-security-weakness-idUSKBN23P0JO] by Reuters. The cyberattack was revealed by researchers at Awake Security. There
isn?t any information yet as to who was responsible for the attack since the
developers of these extensions had provided fake contact information during the
submission process.

In case you aren?t aware, Spyware is a type of malware (a malicious software)
that infiltrates your device and steals your internet data along with other
sensitive information. After getting access to your computer, spyware can cause
damage to your device without your consent or knowledge.

While most of these free extensions available on the Google Chrome store alleged
to warn users about ?questionable websites? or were file conversion tools, they
would take user?s browsing history and other personal data. When users would be
browsing the web on a home computer, this spyware would connect them to a series
of malicious websites and transfer their information.

These attackers had purchased Over 15,000 domains that were linked to each from
a registrar in Israel, Galcomm. However, Moshe Fogel, Galcomm?s owner said that
the company isn?t aware about this spyware activity. Hetold
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-chrome-exclusive/exclusive-massive-spying-on-users-of-googles-chrome-shows-new-security-weakness-idUSKBN23P0JO] Reuters that ?Galcomm is not involved, and not in complicity with any malicious
activity whatsoever [?] You can say exactly the opposite, we cooperate with law
enforcement and security bodies to prevent as much as we can?.

After being alerted about the spyware, Google got rid of over 70 of these
malicious add-ons from its official Chrome Web Store. ?When we are alerted of
extensions in the Web Store that violate our policies, we take action and use
those incidents as training material to improve our automated and manual
analyses,?said
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-chrome-exclusive/exclusive-massive-spying-on-users-of-googles-chrome-shows-new-security-weakness-idUSKBN23P0JO] Scott Westover, Google spokesman

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