Are Ad Extensions a Gateway for Malware? Read Kevin O’Brien’s Take on it in E-Commerce Times The latest industry buzz centers on reported adware being distributed through ad extensions. In the article, Google Axes Adware-Pushing Chrome Extensions, E-Commerce Times…

Are Ad Extensions a Gateway for Malware? Read Kevin O’Brien’s Take on it in E-Commerce Times

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The latest industry buzz centers on reported adware being distributed through ad extensions. In the article, Google Axes Adware-Pushing Chrome Extensions, E-Commerce Times reported that Google has since removed two applets from the Chrome Store due to the malicious nature of these extensions.

CloudLock’s own Kevin O’Brien commented on the situation, offering insight around extentions as a gateway for malware.

The same type of data exfiltration that happens in a mobile device when you install an app can happen in a Web browser,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

 

No longer are cloud services limited to email, he explained. They are also places for goodies like documents and other data found on a hard drive.

 

“Trivially, I can put up an extension that injects something into your Web browsing experience, and I’ll get 15 cents if you click on it,” he said. “But if I’m a little more sophisticated, and I extend that model, I can steal files from your drive account or information from your contact list.”

Read the full article here.

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