US tech giant Google has decided to remove a bunch of extensions for its web browser Chrome that were impersonating official crypto wallets extensions such as Ledger and MetaMask.
Naked Security, a Sophos-backed news outlet, reported on Friday Google has removed 22 new extensions from Chrome that have been identified by Harry Denley, security researcher at MyCrypto.
According to data provided by Denley, the extensions pretended to be affiliated with popular crypto wallets such as MyEtherWallet, Trezor, Electrum, Ledger and Metamask.
These fake extensions aimed at stealing the users' funds by making them believe they were using an official extension. As a result, the victims introduced their private keys, which gave hackers access to their money.
Google has acknowledged there is a general problem with malicious extensions and has announced a series of new rules for the Chrome Web Store:
"We want to ensure that the path of a user discovering an extension from the Chrome Web Store is clear and informative and not muddled with copycats, misleading functionalities or fake reviews and ratings."
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