Google Chrome running slow could be an indication that you’ve been hacked. Hacked extensions could be playing videos in the background.
Certain Google Chrome users have now been put on high alert with regards to a new hacking campaign that actually secretly exploits a number of popular extensions all used by millions and millions of people. There is, however, a certain way for users to tell if something is going wrong, if their PC is suddenly running slow.
Are extensions in Chrome safe?
The users were given a warning regarding a new hacking threat that has targeted about over 20 extensions which were all used by over eight million people. Kaspersky security experts noted that popular extensions like Frigate Light, the Frigate CDN, as well as the SaveFrom were all targeted by certain bad actors.
These particular Chrome extensions were all exploited by hackers in order to carry out certain malicious activity. Thankfully, however, there was no financial information as well as other sensitive data that was being targeted. Instead, Kaspersky stated that the main aim of the whole campaign was to be able to generate traffic for certain videos on some streaming sites in order to eventually boost the viewer counts.
Can Chrome extensions steal passwords?
All the videos were secretly played within the background when a certain victim would start browsing the web. There were also a whole lot of telltale signs that something was actually off. One of the particular giveaways is that when a certain video was played Chrome would then run a bit slower than usual.
However, the video would then start playing whenever a user would start browsing the web. This could have attributed to the slowdown towards just their general web surfing. There were also other signs of the scam taking place that were noted by Yandex Browser notably occasionally hearing sounds coming from the videos in the background.
How do I find my Chrome extensions?
Kaspersky also noted that the affected extensions were actually capable of intercepting the users access to a social network. This would most likely help inflate the like counts some time later on. Extensions that Kaspersky listed have reportedly been delisted.
Kaspersky then noted that if users’ security solutions start to detect certain threats in either Google Chrome or maybe another Chromium-based browser, the very first thing that users need to do is to disable these malicious plug-ins, as those are reportedly what the security apps react towards. It was stated that if users are not sure which plug-ins are dangerous, users should try disabling them one at a time.
How do I know if Chrome extension is safe?
Yandex, for the better part, has already disabled a significant number of extensions within its Yandex Browser (which was also reportedly based on Chromium) and also continues to look for some other plug-ins that are said to pose a threat.
With security being of utmost importance especially for those that are dealing with critical activities when they browse the web, it would really pay off to have both a VPN as well as an antivirus like Norton or McAfee in order to protect users’ devices.