37,000 users unwittingly installed a malicious Chrome web browser extension from Google’s Web Store

“A fraudulent browser extension was downloaded by 37,000 Chrome users after it sneaked past Google’s Web Store vetting processes, it emerged on Tuesday,” Tim Hardwick reports for MacRumors.

“The fake extension was listed on the official Web Store until today,” Hardwick reports. “Once installed, the fake reportedly swamps infected computers with adverts and opens up tabs without the user’s permission.”

Hardwick reports, “Back in 2015, Google officially blocked Mac users from downloading Chrome extensions not hosted in its official Web Store, over concerns that malicious extensions were becoming rife.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Web Store vetting process is obviously: Automatically approved without any code review.

Smart users who value their security and privacy certainly do not use Chrome or any other Google products.

If it’s from Google, you’re not the user; you’re the product.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gabe” for the heads up.]


  1. Where are those law suiters who are suing apple for having a monopoly on the worlds app business, why are they not going after microshit and google for not doing a good job

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