Things You Should Know About Chrome And Firefox Extensions Found Stealing User Data.



Security researcher  Sam Jadali discovered that browser extensions in Chrome and Firefox have not only stolen data from users, but also from well-known companies such as Tesla and Apple.

Synchronized with "DataSpii", the huge leak is said to be affecting millions.

Malicious browser extensions
The browser plug-ins that have been determined to collect and disclose private data are the following:

Hoverzoom

Speakit!


SuperZoom

SaveFrom.net Helper

Unlock FairShare

PanelMeasurement

Branded Surveys

Community Surveys panel

SuperZoom and FairShare Unlock are in Chrome and Firefox, while SaveFrom.net Helper is only on the latter. The rest is only in the Google browser.

In particular SpeakIt! and FairShare Unlock have more than 1 million users and others have hundreds of thousands. In the meantime, at least two had only a small user group, one of which had only one user.

Some of the browser extensions above have used certain measures to prevent them from being detected. While others immediately collected information, others waited 24 days after they were installed before following data so that users would not notice that something was suspicious. After collecting data, the perpetrators would sell it.

Jadali drew up a diagram that explains how the process works. The full detailed report from DataSpii is available on its website.

The security has already informed Google and Mozilla of the leak. As a solution, the extensions are disabled and removed from their catalogs, but they were still able to collect data. The best way to stop them right now is to uninstall them.

Jadali has also informed the affected companies, which have substantiated its findings.

To reconfirm, remove the eight browser extensions just mentioned as soon as possible and be safer in the future, be careful with add-ons no matter where they come from. Just because they are in the Chrome or Firefox store does not automatically mean that they are completely safe to use.
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