New Delhi: On Wednesday, the Cyber Security agency of India urged the internet users to be careful while installing Google Chrome extensions as the company has removed over 100 virulent links after they were found collecting “sensitive” user data.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), said it has also been found that these extensions encompassed codes to bypass Google Chrome’s web store security scans. The virulent extensions were proficient to take screenshots, read the clipboard, yield authentication cookies or grasp user keystrokes to read passwords and other confidential data, it said.
“It has been reported that Google has removed 106 extensions of the Google Chrome browser from the chrome web store which were found collecting sensitive user data,” the agency said in an advisory.
“These extensions, reportedly posed as tools to improve web searches, convert files between different formats as security scanners and more,” it added.
The federal cyber security agency advised the Internet users to install only those extensions which are essential and refer to the user reviews before doing so.