Fake Chrome ad blockers used to create botnets

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More than 20 million Chrome users have been tricked into installing fake ad blockers that could see their machines recruited into a botnet, according to a new report. A fake AdBlock Plus extension fooled many users last year. As many Chrome users discover ad blocking by browsing available extensions, so creating cloned fakes has become a popular tactic for cyber criminals according to AdGuard. These latest extensions are simple rip-offs with a few lines of code and some analytics added by the ‘authors’. AdGuard’s Andrey Meshkov writing on the company’s blog says, “I must say the problem is not new.…

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