Google Pulls Two Chrome Extensions For Pushing Malware
After extensions Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page turned into malware, users have begun complaining about Google's lax security policies.By Matt Picht | January 20, 2014
If you use Google's popular web browser Chrome, you may want to think twice before downloading your next extension. The company recently pulled two products from its extension store after they started pushing malware on their users.
The story starts with Amit Agarwal, a tech blogger who created the Add to Feedly extension to augment the popular RSS service. In a blog post, Agarwal says someone offered to buy his extension after it gained around 30,000 Chrome users. "It was a 4-figure offer for something that had taken an hour to create and I agreed to the deal." (Via Digital Inspiration)
A few months after the purchase, Add to Feedly's new owners quietly updated the extension with adware. The once-useful add-on now injected malicious ads onto webpages, replacing links and confronting users with pop-ups. (Via OMG Chrome)