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Browse-Secure Extension Harvests Contact Info from Facebook and LinkedIn


A new Chrome extension called Browse-Secure is promoted on the Chrome Web Store as being able to secure searches. What it does not tell you is that it is also crawling your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts and uploading your name, email address, gender,mobile number, and address to a remote server.

Browse-Secure promoted via misleading advertisements

Browse-Secure is promoted through web sites that display misleading advertisements that display messages such as "Warning! Security Breach". They then go on to promote a Chrome extension that supposedly makes your browser "safe again". You can see an example of one of these advertisements below.

Once a user clicks on the Add Extension button, it will display a small prompt to install the extension.

Crawls Facebook and LinkedIn for your contact info

When the extension is installed, it will connect to its backend server at the URL This server will respond with a UID, or user ID, that is...(continued)

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