Fake Microsoft Authenticator extension removed after weeks on the Chrome Web Store: Report | HT Tech

Fake Microsoft Authenticator extension removed after weeks on the Chrome Web Store: Report

According to a new report, the malicious extension sent users to a Polish website that tricked users into making an account – most likely to harvest their details.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: May 19 2021, 21:46 IST
Microsoft Authenticator.
Microsoft Authenticator. (Microsoft)
Microsoft Authenticator.
Microsoft Authenticator. (Microsoft)
The malicious Chrome extension's entry on the Chrome Web Store. 
The malicious Chrome extension's entry on the Chrome Web Store.  (gHacks)
The malicious Chrome extension's entry on the Chrome Web Store.  (gHacks)

What is especially disturbing is that last month, gHacks had identified the malicious extension masquerading as the official Microsoft Authenticator app on the Chrome Web Store. While it was reportedly found on April 23, it appears that Google did not remove the download until it had picked up hundreds of downloads. According to the report, the extension sent users to a Polish website that tricked users into making an account – most likely to harvest their details.

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Microsoft has never released an extension for its Authenticator service for Google Chrome or any other browser, the company told the Register. Users who want to use the Authenticator service should either download the app on their Android and iOS powered devices from the respective app stores.

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First Published Date: 19 May, 21:46 IST
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