Thousands Download Fake Adblock Plus Extension After Google Lists It in Their Store

As many as 37,000 Google Chrome users may have fallen victim to a fake Adblock Plus extension that appeared in the Google Store after slipping past Google’s extension verification process.

Engadget reports that as many as 37,000 Google Chrome users could have been tricked into downloading a fake Adblock Plus extension. Popular cybersecurity Twitter account SwiftOnSecurity tweeted about the rogue chrome extension noting that a large number of Chrome users had already downloaded the extension.

SwiftOnSecurity also criticised Google for their failure to protect both their users and extension developers affected by the fake extension,

According to SwiftOnSecurity, the extension was created by a “fraudulent developer who clones popular name and spams keywords.” The developer used the name “Adblock Plus” and had a considerable number of reviews on the extension, which only added to the illusion of authenticity that fooled so many users. One user reported random tabs opening and ads injected into his browser immediately after installing the extension, but the extent of the extension’s powers are currently unknown.

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