Browser extensions are stealing your data2019-07-19 17:27 by Daniela
A recent investigation from the Washington Post has revealed that some Chrome and Firefox extensions harvest your data without your consent. Among the most popular tools were Hover Zoom, SpeakIt!, SuperZoom, SaveFrom.net Helper, FairShare Unlock and PanelMeasurement - all of which were available on Chrome, with two on offer to Firefox users. Overall, the extensions had been installed over four million times worldwide.
The extensions collected people's data through capturing titles and URLs, or web addresses, every time a user clicked on a page. This data collection, which wasn't authorized by the browser, included sensitive information such as medical records and credit card information.
Dubbed DataSpii by security researcher Sam Jadali, the platform collated data collected by the apps and extensions over a period of time. Some extensions began gathering data immediately, but some waited several weeks to begin, with the average being 24 days.
Jadali, who is the founder of the Internet hosting service Host Duplex, noticed that something was wrong when he found private forum links of clients published by analytics firm Nacho Analytics. He discovered that Nacho Analytics had information on internal link data of major corporations such as Apple, Tesla, or Symantec. These private links should never have accessible by third-parties. After some investigation into the matter, he discovered that browser extensions were the most likely source of the leak.
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