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Google Removes 200 Ad-Injectors Chrome Extensions

Google Removes 200 Ad-Injectors Chrome Extensions

April 02, 2015Swati Khandelwal
In the War against Ad injectors , Google has started removing ad-injecting extensions for its Chrome browser after it discovered as many as 200 Chrome extensions that exposed Millions of its users to malicious software and fraudulent activities. While working with a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, the search engine giant found that over 5 percent of its users were infected with ' Ad Injectors ' — software that inserts ads or replace existing ads into the pages you visit while browsing the web. In last three months, Google received more than 100,000 complaints from its Chrome users about ad injection, which is far more than what the company receives for network errors, performance problems, or any other issue. Ad Injectors are sometimes more than just intrusive. A visitor to a website can be tricked into downloading an unwanted software and programs that could result in a major security risk, just what happened in the recent Sup
Superfish-like Vulnerability Found in Over 12 More Apps

Superfish-like Vulnerability Found in Over 12 More Apps

February 23, 2015Swati Khandelwal
'SuperFish' advertising software recently found pre-installed on Lenovo laptops is more widespread than what we all thought. Facebook has discovered at least 12 more titles using the same HTTPS-breaking technology that gave the Superfish malware capability to evade rogue certificate. The Superfish vulnerability affected dozens of consumer-grade Lenovo laptops shipped before January 2015, exposing users to a hijacking technique by sneakily intercepting and decrypting HTTPS connections, tampering with pages and injecting advertisements. Now, it's also thought to affect parental control tools and other adware programmes. Lenovo just released an automated Superfish removal tool to ensure complete removal of Superfish and Certificates for all major browsers. But, what about others? SSL HIJACKING Superfish uses a technique known as " SSL hijacking ", appears to be a framework bought in from a third company, Komodia, according to a blog post written
Lenovo Admits and Released an Automatic Superfish Removal Tool

Lenovo Admits and Released an Automatic Superfish Removal Tool

February 23, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The computer giant Lenovo has released a tool to remove the dangerous "SuperFish" adware program that the company had pre-installed onto many of its consumer-grade Lenovo laptops sold before January 2015. The Superfish removal tool comes few days after the story broke about the nasty Superfish malware that has capability to sneakily intercept and decrypt HTTPS connections, tamper with pages in an attempt to inject advertisements. WE JUST FOUND 'SUPERFISH' - LENOVO The Chinese PC maker attempted to push the perception that Superfish software was not a security concern and avoid the bad news with the claim that it had "stopped Superfish software at beginning in January". However, Lenovo has now admitted that it was caught preloading a piece of adware that installed its own self-signing Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) proxy service that hijacked HTTPS connections. " We did not know about this potential security vulnerability until yesterday ," Lenovo said
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