Today, virtually every computer user leverages an assortment of web browsers to browse the internet — Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari are a few of the popular browsers in use recently.
It’s quite important to configure internet browser(s) in a safe manner because exposed internet browser(s) can lead to different problems like malicious code shots, spyware, phishing attacks, etc. Hackers can even control user systems because of badly configured browsers. In brief, there are a high number of threats from software attacks that take advantage of vulnerable web browsers.
Scientists have discovered that new software vulnerabilities are being manipulated and aimed at web browsers through the use of malicious or compromised sites.
Lately, over 500 browser extensions are found by researchers that were downloaded from Google’s Chrome Webshop. These extensions covertly uploaded users’ personal browsing data to servers that were controlled by attackers.
The browser extensions do not exist anymore, but the malicious plugins have been downloaded countless times at Google’s Chrome net program. Google has managed to wash these (500) chrome extensions that were uploading the personal data of users.
The extensions were nearly always inserted and concealed in tools providing promotions and advertisements to finally engage and divert to malvertising. Jamila Kaya, an independent researcher, found this deceptive scheme.
According to this researcher, each plugin originally connected to a domain containing keywords like the plugin’s name. Subsequently, the plugin then redirected to a server controlled by hackers that could monitor —
- Directions and places to upload user data
- Ad lists that need to be printed
- Other malicious domain names to redirect users
The browser once infected, began the upload of sensitive user information.
Normally, the plugin’s extensions usually show ads within a user’s browsing session. The real problems begin when these advertising schemes redirect the users from the actual site and forcefully move them to accidental internet destinations.
The attractiveness of these fraud has been that the users did not even notice this phenomenon taking into consideration the fact that most sites use similar techniques with competitive advertising which normally does redirect users.
The danger of vulnerable web browsers has been observed because of the under user actions:
- Installing and downloading a variety of plugins without considering the information security variable, ultimately compromising on browser security.
- Installing third-party software with no security mechanism to take care of suspicious activities.
- Not understanding how to configure web browsers in a safe manner and by not practicing caution.
- Clicking on the hyperlinks with no sense of danger and by having no knowledge of web page redirection to unexpected sites.
- Installing additional applications that site requests, placing computers at a specific risk.
Because of this, attackers leverage popular and easy ways to penetrate the user’s computer system and exploit the vulnerabilities.
Hence, installing antivirus software in computers that offers the solution to browser degree protections and security is crucial. This is needed because irrespective of the number of precautions users may take, hackers will always find newer ways to attack.