Google’s Chrome browser allowed a spyware breach that could have allowed “national espionage or organized crime.”
“Anything that gets you into somebody’s browser or email or other sensitive areas would be a target for national espionage as well as organized crime,” says security expert Ben Johnson.
The report, first covered by Reuters, shows that “a newly discovered spyware attack targeted users of Google’s Chrome web browser via browser extensions which received 32 million downloads. Google stated that it removed more than 70 malicious extensions from its Chrome Web Store after researchers at Awake Security alerted them to the issue.”
As of the time of this writing, it is unclear if whether the breaches resulted in loss of classified information.
“When we are alerted of extensions in the Web Store that violate our policies, we take action and use those incidents as training material to improve our automated and manual analyses,” said Google spokesman Scott Westover.
To read more about the Google breach, click here.