Google Chrome users in DANGER, says Indian Govt

    The Indian Government has issued an advisory in regard to the latest danger posed to Google Chrome users by hackers. Know all details here.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 14:23 IST
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    1/7 Android smartphone users are again at risk! Cybersecurity researchers have reported about a new malware threat called Autolycos. The worrying part is that the malware has chosen the widely used Google Play Store platform to disseminate the malware to the victim’s phone via apps, Express.co.uk reported (Pixabay)
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    2/7 Moreover, not just one or two, but a total of eight apps on the Google Play Store have been reported to be spoiled with this dangerous malware. The report says that there have already been 3 million installs of these apps, which is concerning because that means there are so many people who are being swindled and whose privacy is being violated. (Unsplash)
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    3/7 The danger of Autolycos malware is that the users find it hard to detect the apps with this malware in them and meanwhile, it performs malicious activities including, even reading SMS on the device. Not just that, shockingly, the malware is capable of even paying for premium services without letting the victim know! (Unsplash)
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    4/7 List of apps on Google Play Store infected by Autolycos malware: Vlog Star Video Editor, Creative 3D Launcher, Wow Beauty Camera, Gif Emoji Keyboard, Freeglow Camera 1.0.0, Coco Camera v1.1, Funny Camera’, and Razer Keyboard & Theme’. (Unsplash)
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    5/7 Collectively, all these apps have a total of 3 million installs. This simply means, around 3 million Android smartphone users are in danger. (Unsplash)
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    6/7 However, the good news is that Google has banned these malware-affected applications from the Play Store. Still, Android users are advised to monitor background internet data and battery consumption constantly to keep themselves safe against these malware threats. (Unsplash)
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    7/7 Also, cybersecurity researchers should try to minimize the number of apps you install on your smartphones. In case, these apps or any data related to them are available on your device, then you should immediately delete them now. (Unsplash)
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    Indian government has advised Google Chrome users to update their browser to the latest version. (Unsplash)

    Google Chrome users are again in danger from a vulnerability that can be exploited by hackers! This has forced the Indian government to issue a high-severity warning to Google Chrome users via the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which is part of the IT ministry. It revealed that multiple vulnerabilities exist in the Google Chrome browser that can allow hackers to access their gadgets. Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google Chrome which can be exploited by malicious attackers which allows them to bypass all security checks on a targeted system.

    In the latest warning of vulnerability note in Google Chrome for Desktop, the CERT-in said, "These vulnerabilities exist in Google Chrome due to use after free in FedCM, SwiftShader, ANGLE, Blink, Sign-in Flow, Chrome OS Shell; Heap buffer overflow in downloads, insufficient validation of untrusted input in intents, insufficient policy enforcement in Cookies and inappropriate implementation in extensions API. "

    It further explained that a remote hacker could exploit the vulnerabilities by sending specially crafted requests to the targeted system. The vulnerability named CVE-2022-2856 is being exploited in the wild. Who is going to be affected by this? Know all details here.

    Who is in danger from the Google Chrome vulnerability?

    Thankfully, not all Google Chrome users are affected by the danger of this high-severity vulnerability. But some users are not that lucky! As per the CERT-in advisory, the warning is just for users who are running an earlier version of Chrome rather than 104.0.5112.101. To avoid being the victim of any malicious act, the Indian government advised Chrome users that they should update their browsers to the latest version which was rolled out to fix the issues and improve the browser vulnerabilities. Here's how to update your Chrome browser in simple steps.

    How to update your Chrome to the latest version?

    • To update your Chrome, first open the Chrome browser on your system.
    • Tap on three dots on the top right corner of the screen of the web.
    • Now click on Settings.
    • Then, click on 'About Chrome' and it will automatically update your Google Chrome browser.

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    First Published Date: 21 Aug, 14:23 IST
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