Chrome extension secretly tracks browsing history and implants tracking code

Following a report from McAfee’s security researchers, Google removed five extensions from the Chrome Web Store with a combined total of more than 1.4 million downloads and installs. The extensions are accused of secretly tracking users’ browsing history and planting tracking codes when visiting certain e-commerce sites. Delisted extensions include Netflix streaming sharing extensions Netflix Party and Netflix Party 2, shopping comparison extensions FlipShope, screen capture extensions Full Page Screenshot Capture, and snap-up extensions AutoBuy. The researchers found that the extensions sent information to, such as the name of the website the user visited, a unique identifier, and a country city zip code. If the visited e-commerce website matches its list, the extension will implant JS code, modify cookies, and allow extension developers to get shopping commissions.

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