Google Cleans Up Its Chrome Web Store

There might be a new ad scam that could possibly wreak havoc in your browser – that is if you’re using Google’s Chrome browser. Reports came in earlier today that some Chrome extensions are injecting ads even without permission into every page a user browses, forcing Google to remove them from the store due to violation of recently altered terms of service…

 

There might be a new ad scam that could possibly wreak havoc in your browser – that is if you’re using Google’s Chrome browser.

Reports came in earlier today that some Chrome extensions are injecting ads even without permission into every page a user browses, forcing Google to remove them from the store due to violation of recently altered terms of service.

Basically, what happened was, a number of developers were approached by a certain party and was offered a considerably large amount of money for the extension that they developed. After some time it was found out that the sold extensions were altered in order for the extension to deliver ads to users.

And since these extensions were previously authenticated by Google and installed on Chrome browsers by users, the altered code will be able to pass through the system relatively undetected by masquerading themselves as updates.

Google has already pulled two extensions from the web store encountering the issue. But since numerous devs have been approached, the problem might be more widespread than expected. But it would be wise to be careful when installing extensions for the meantime.

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