Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Google Chrome users tricked into downloading fake ad blocker

Google Chrome users tricked into downloading fake ad blocker

The fraudulent version of Adblock Plus purportedly passed Google's verification process and was widely available in the official Chrome web store.

It was eventually pulled down, but it stayed there long enough to fool 37,000 people.

The developer of the rogue software, which has now been taken down, deliberately designed it to look just like the legitimate Adblock Plus Chrome extension.

This kind of situation leaves many Chrome users highly vulnerable, many of whom probably trust that when something ends up in the official Web Store, it's already been through Google's rigorous security checks - hence, it is safe to download. If you've recently installed Adblock Plus extension, you may need to check what you've installed.

The most popular web browser and a search engine giant, the Google Chrome has now set to come up with a bunch of all new APIs for the developers along with moving its address bar on to the bottom of screen.

As the researcher points out in a Twitter tirade aimed at Google's staff, the problem is that Google allowed another developer to upload an extension using the same name as AdBlock Plus, a very popular ad blocker for Chrome.

How much trouble the fake AdBlock extension has caused has yet to be seen, but it's worrying how spammers and cyber criminals can fairly easily spoof legitimate apps and trick people into downloading them due to how legitimate they initially appear to be.

According to one of the reviews on the fraudulent Adblock Plus extension, following its installation, the browser extension started to show a number of invasive ads within Google Chrome. Google has now acted and removed the fake listing from the store.

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