11 March 2019

Web browser plugins - how do they get there?

Malicious quiz apps were used to harvest thousands of users' profile data, according to Facebook - who are suing their authors.

The firm says anyone who wanted to take the quizzes (by Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky, of Ukrainian company Web Sun Group) was asked to install browser extensions, which then lifted data ranging from names and profile pictures to private lists of friends.

These were installed about 63,000 times between 2016 and October 2018, it says. In total, defendants compromised approximately 63,000 browsers used by Facebook users...

Rogue Web Browser extensions are frequently used to compromise PCs. Donline has had to rescue many clients from systems infected in this manner. Be careful what websites you visit, what software that you install. If in doubt - contact Donline.

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