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Google has removed 49 malicious Chrome extensions posing as crypto-wallets: Report

Google has removed 49 Chrome extensions from the Web Store that were posing as legitimate cryptocurrency wallets, but contained code that stole crypto-wallet private keys and other private information, reports ZDNet. The extensions posed as well-known existing crypto-wallets such as Ledger, Trezor, Jaxx, Electrum, MyEtherWallet, MetaMask, Exodus, and KeepKey. The extensions were discovered by Harry Denley, security director at MyCrypto, who said that all 49 extenions seemingly were put together by the same person/group, believed to be a Russia-based bad actor. Malicious browser extensions have always existed, but the brands targeted this time are new, he said in a blog post. How it worked: Users added the extensions, having no reason to believe that they are not bonafide, to make crypto-wallet transactions. The extensions phished for the user's personal information, such as mnemonic phrases (a group of words to recover your…

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