24 Mar Security Researchers Create Data Leak Detection Tool, Identifies Leaky Browser Extensions
Researchers from Northeastern University recently said that they have identified 32 browser extensions which leak web history data using a tool they created called Ex-Ray.
Doctoral student Michael Weissbacher and his team revealed their findings at PrivacyCon and said that some of the unsecure apps included popular extensions such as AdBlocker for Chrome, and text-to-speech extension Speak It.
Weissbacher said that while Google had already removed the unsecure extensions after their report, the web store should be more responsible in making sure the apps in the store are safe. He also advised users to uninstall non-essential extensions, since sometimes the developer themselves are not aware that their apps leak sensitive data.
Source: Phys Org