It’s no secret that Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers across the globe. Given its popularity, Google Chrome also boasts one of the largest selections of extensions that users may use to access functions and utilities that aren’t often included with the default version of the browser.
Five Google Chrome extensions have now been identified as being vulnerable, according to research from the antivirus company McAfee.
The five Google Chrome extensions are all reportedly available on the Chrome Web Store, and one of the extensions on the list was created by Google, according to a report on McAfee’s website. More than 1.4 million people have downloaded all five of these Chrome extensions.
Netflix Party, Netflix Party 2, FlipShope – Price Tracker, Full Page Screenshot Capture, and AutoBuy Flash Sales are the five extensions that have been identified to be vulnerable.
The paper claims that the problem affects all five expansions equally. Malware that sends the page URL and injects code into e-commerce sites is present in the extensions.
These extensions contain malware that, each time a user visits a website, sends the URL of the current page to a remote server.
The next step is to determine whether the affiliate revenue code can be injected to generate income from user purchases made through e-commerce sites.
In addition, some extensions inject the affiliate link utilising delayed techniques to avoid being discovered right away, according to McAfee. After 15 days of the extension being installed, they often do this.
It is advised that you delete these extensions right away if you are one of those 1.4 million people who use any of these extensions. While the Netflix Party extension is no longer available in the Chrome store, the remaining ones are, and some of them even have a highlighted tag.