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Malware on the Chrome Web Store hijacks your Facebook account

Don't be too DL-happy
by Neps Firmalan | Mar 27, 2012
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Hackers are getting sneakier and sneakier everyday and this time, they've decided to make the Chrome Web Store their new home by uploading malicious extensions in the hopes that the unsuspecting user will download them. Let's face it, not everyone is as vigilant or keen, and others are just click- and download-happy so, eventually, someone will fall prey to their tactics.

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The worst thing about it is the malware was created to completely take control of Facebook accounts. Have you checked your News Feed lately? If you've seen posts or ads about making your profile page a different color other than "Facebook Blue" and embellishing it Friendster style, THAT'S MALWARE.

When you click on it, you'll be redirected to the Chrome Web Store and will naturally proceed to pimp your profile by downloading that extension. What you don't know is that it'll "hijack" your account, post about the same extension (hoping to dupe others like yourself) and even Like pages---all under your nose.

You'll have to be extra careful when downloading off the Chrome Store, as one malicious extension is said to be labeled Adobe Flash Player. Don't know who to trust? Better safe than sorry, so think before you click. If you don't get overused cliches, then make like a Nike opposite and just don't do it.

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Google has a bone to pick with Facebook but as an Internet giant we hope they do something about this. First Android's got a huge privacy backlash and now Chrome. This can't be good for the Big G.

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