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Warning over 70 Google Chrome downloads ‘that let hackers spy on you’ – and 32million people have fallen for it

Warning over 70 Google Chrome downloads ‘that let hackers spy on you’ – and 32million people have fallen for it

GOOGLE Chrome users are being warned about downloads that could have left them vulnerable to spying hackers.

The Google extensions were downloaded 32 million times and at least 70 have now been deleted from the Web Store.

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You should only download trustworthy extensions[/caption]

Extensions are just extra features that people can add to their browser, such as those for ad-blocking or added security.

Researchers at Awake Security told Reuters about the major flaw with some of the Chrome add-ons.

Google spokesman Scott Westover told the news outlet: “When we are alerted of extensions in the Web Store that violate our policies, we take action and use those incidents as training material to improve our automated and manual analyses.”

Most of the malicious ad-ons claimed to warn users about potentially dangerous websites or convert file formats.

List of the scam Chrome extensions

Here’s the malicious extensions names and their Chrome Store ID’s…

  • search-manager – pilplloabdedfmialnfchjomjmpjcoej
  • search-manager – nahhmpbckpgdidfnmfkfgiflpjijilce
  • secured-search-extension – pdpcpceofkopegffcdnffeenbfdldock
  • ttab – oonbcpdabjcggcklopgbdagbfnkhbgbe
  • search-manager – bahkljhhdeciiaodlkppoonappfnheoi
  • search-manager – cpgoblgcfemdmaolmfhpoifikehgbjbf
  • bytefence-secure-browsing – blngdeeenccpfjbkolalandfmiinhkak
  • search-manager – mopkkgobjofbkkgemcidkndbglkcfhjj
  • search-manager – kjgaljeofmfgjfipajjeeflbknekghma
  • search-manager – fgmeppijnhhafacemgoocgelcflipnfd
  • doctopdf – jgjakaebbliafihodjhpkpankimhckdf
  • doctopdf – keceijnpfmmlnebgnkhojinbkopolaom
  • search-manager – lameokaalbmnhgapanlloeichlbjloak
  • doctopdf – jfgkpeobcmjlocjpfgocelimhppdmigj
  • search-manager – mhinpnedhapjlbgnhcifjdkklbeefbpa
  • search-manager – pknkncdfjlncijifekldbjmeaiakdbof
  • search-manager – ljddilebjpmmomoppeemckhpilhmoaok
  • doctopdf – npaklgbiblcbpokaiddpmmbknncnbljb
  • search-manager – gmmohhcojdhgbjjahhpkfhbapgcfgfne
  • viewpdf – dipecofobdcjnpffbkmfkdbfmjfjfgmn
  • securify-for-chrome – lnedcnepmplnjmfdiclhbfhneconamoj
  • thedocpdfconverter – gdifegeihkihjbkkgdijkcpkjekoicbl
  • easyconvert – eogfeijdemimhpfhlpjoifeckijeejkc
  • pdf-opener – ggijmaajgdkdijomfipnpdfijcnodpip
  • doctopdf – pgahbiaijngfmbbijfgmchcnkipajgha
  • securify-for-chrome – pcfapghfanllmbdfiipeiihpkojekckk
  • thedocpdfconverter – fgafnjobnempajahhgebbbpkpegcdlbf
  • pdf-opener – gfcmbgjehfhemioddkpcipehdfnjmief
  • search-manager – pidohlmjfgjbafgfleommlolmbjdcpal
  • viewpdf – jfefcmidfkpncdkjkkghhmjkafanhiam
  • viewpdf – jkofpdjclecgjcfomkaajhhmmhnninia
  • viewpdf – apjnadhmhgdobcdanndaphcpmnjbnfng
  • gofiletopdf – pamchlfnkebmjbfbknoclehcpfclbhpl
  • search-manager – majekhlfhmeeplofdolkddbecmgjgplm
  • viewpdf – ncepfbpjhkahgdemgmjmcgbgnfdinnhk
  • doctopdf – bjpknhldlbknoidifkjnnkpginjgkgnm
  • pdf-opener – elflophcopcglipligoibfejllmndhmp
  • easyconvert – lpajppfbbiafpmbeompbinpigbemekcg
  • viewpdf – lhjdepbplpkgmghgiphdjpnagpmhijbg
  • viewpdf – foebfmkeamadbhjcdglihfijdaohomlm
  • easyconvert – mcfeaailfhmpdphgnheboncfiikfkenn
  • doctopdf – fpngnlpmkfkhodklbljnncdcmkiopide
  • pdf-opener – bannaglhmenocdjcmlkhkcciioaepfpj
  • easyconvert – bgffinjklipdhacmidehoncomokcmjmh
  • pdf-opener – odnakbaioopckimfnkllgijmkikhfhhf
  • viewpdf – fmahbaepkpdimfcjpopjklankbbhdobk
  • easyconvert – gofhadkfcffpjdbonbladicjdbkpickk
  • quickmail – loigeafmbglngofpkkddgobapkkcaena
  • viewpdf – jagbooldjnemiedoagckjomjegkopfno
  • pdf-opener – jkdngiblfdmfjhiahibnnhcjncehcgab
  • viewpdf – ghgjhnkjohlnmngbniijbkidigifekaa
  • mydocstopdf – clopbiaijcfolfmjebjinippgmdkkppj
  • doctopdf – flfkimeelfnpapcgmobfgfifhackkend
  • easyconvertdefault-search – pchfjdkempbhcjdifpfphmgdmnmadgce
  • easyconvert – ldoiiiffclpggehajofeffljablcodif
  • thedocpdfconverter – lnlkgfpceclfhomgocnnenmadlhanghf
  • viewpdf – hijipblimhboccjcnnjnjelcdmceeafa
  • bytefence-secure-browsing – fcobokliblbalmjmahdebcdalglnieii
  • viewpdf – iondldgmpaoekbgabgconiajpbkebkin
  • search-manager – cifafogcmckphmnbeipgkpfbjphmajbc
  • mydocstopdf – omgeapkgiddakeoklcapboapbamdgmhp
  • theeasywaypro – cceejgojinihpakmciijfdgafhpchigo
  • doctopdf – jiiinmeiedloeiabcgkdcbbpfelmbaff
  • easyconvert – labpefoeghdmpbfijhnnejdmnjccgplc
  • mydocstopdf – mmkakbkmcnchdopphcbphjioggaanmim
  • easyconvert – ibfjiddieiljjjccjemgnoopkpmpniej
  • secure-web-searching – dopmojabcdlfbnppmjeaajclohofnbol
  • browsing-safety-checker – dopkmmcoegcjggfanajnindneifffpck
  • quicklogin – oalfdomffplbcimjikgaklfamodahpmi
  • pdf-ninja-converter – khhemdcdllgomlbleegjdpbeflgbomcj
  • browse-safer – deiiiklocnibjflinkfmefpofgcfhdga
  • bytefence-secure-browsing – ccdfhjebekpopcelcfkpgagbehppkadi
  • browsing-protector – npdfkclmbnoklkdebjfodpendkepbjek
  • search-by-convertpdfpro – lbeekfefglldjjenkaekhnogoplpmfin
  • search-by-convertfilenow – opahibnipmkjincplepgjiiinbfmppmh
  • thesecuredweb-protected-b – chbpnonhcgdbcpicacolalkgjlcjkbbd
  • pdf2doc – lbhddhdfbcdcfbbbmimncbakkjobaedh
  • convertwordtopdf – hpfijbjnmddglpmogpaeofdbehkpball
  • search-manager – hodfejbmfdhcgolcglcojkpfdjjdepji
Getty – Contributor

The extensions tricked millions of people[/caption]

They reportedly stole browsing history and data, which could have included logins.

With so many downloads, the scam has been labelled the most far-reaching malicious Chrome scam to date.

It is unclear who is behind this malware.

The extensions had been purposefully designed so they weren’t detected by antivirus or security software.

Awake also found that the developers had submitted false contact information when they submitted their extensions to Google.

This isn’t the first time Google’s Chrome Store has been taken advantage of by malicious hackers.

Google is said to regularly check for malicious extensions.

To protect yourself from scams like this you should be very careful about what extensions you download.

Never click on links your unsure of and if you have downloaded an add-on that isn’t doing what it claims then delete it.

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And, Android have been warned to delete a rogue app called SnapTube.

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