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      Up to 3 million devices infected by malware-laced Chrome and Edge add-ons

      Dan Goodin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 16 December, 2020 - 19:58

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    As many as 3 million people have been infected by Chrome and Edge browser extensions that steal personal data and redirect users to ad or phishing sites, a security firm said on Wednesday.

    In all, researchers from Prague-based Avast said they found 28 extensions for the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers that contained malware. The add-ons billed themselves as a way to download pictures, videos, or other content from sites including Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and Spotify. At the time this post went live, some, but not all, of the malicious extensions remained available for download from Google and Microsoft.

    Avast researchers found malicious code in the JavaScript-based extensions that allows them to download malware onto an infected computer. In a post , the researchers wrote:

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