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Privacy Compromised: Around 3.2 Crore ‘Google Chrome’ Users Have Been Spied Upon Through Spyware

An exclusive report by Reuters has revealed a shocking thing for the users of ‘Google Chrome’ web browser. As per the report, nearly 3.2 crore users of the bowser were spied upon with a Spyware. The Spyware was (as per report) came through the downloads of extensions to the Google Chrome browser. It attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions on the Chrome browser.

The revelations have been made by researchers at Awake Security. Google on its part has responded by saying that they have removed more than 70 of the 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 Google’s spokesman Scott Westover.

The report says that these extensions on Chrome didn’t immediately launch the Spyware. Rather it did so with updates to the extension. These malicious free extensions mainly purported to warn users about questionable websites or convert files from one format to another siphoned off browsing history and data that provided credentials for access to internal business tools. As per Awake, this is the most far-reaching Chrome store campaign to date.

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The revelations have shocked and shown that the biggest of the tech giant is also not able to ensure security and prevent misuse of its platform. However, this is not the first time that Google has come under such a hammer. It has been the target of such things in the past as well. For more on the Reuters report on the matter, you can click here and read.

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