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Warning: These 8 Google Chrome extensions have been hijacked by a hacker

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According to recent Proofpoint research, eight extensions for the Google Chrome web browser have been compromised by attackers, sending malicious ads to the affected users. In a report, Proofpoint explained that the authors of these extensions had their credentials stolen, allowing the attacker to take over.

The attacks occurred primarily in July and August 2017, with the attackers getting the credentials through a phishing scheme, the report said. This means that victims were exposed to malicious popups and potential schemes for stealing their credentials as well.

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According to the report, these eight extensions were likely compromised:

Web Developer 0.4.9 Chrometana 1.1.3 Infinity New Tab 3.12.3 CopyFish 2.8.5 Web Paint 1.2.1 Social Fixer 20.1.1 TouchVPN Betternet VPN

One of the first indications of this attack surfaced on August 2, when developer Chris Pederick...(continued)

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