From past few years, spammers and cyber criminals were buying web extensions from their developers and then updating them without informing their users to inject bulk advertisements into every website user visits in order to generate large revenue.
But now they have shifted their business model—instead of investing, spammers have started a new wave of phishing attacks aimed at hijacking popular browser extensions.
Just two days ago, we reported how cyber criminals managed to compromise the Chrome Web Store account of a German developer team and hijacked Copyfish extension, and then modified it with ad-injection capabilities to distribute spam correspondence to users.
Now just yesterday, another popular Chrome extension ‘Web Developer‘ was hijacked by some unknown attackers, who updated the software to directly inject advertisements into the web browser of over its 1 million users.
Chris Pederick, the creator of Web Developer Chrome extension that offers various web development tools to its users, alerted late Wednesday that some unknown hackers apparently phished his Google account, updated the extension to version 0.4.9, and pushed it out to its 1,044,000 users.
In both the cases, cyber criminals used phishing first to gain access to the developers’ Google accounts, hijacked their respective extensions and then updated the extension to perform malicious tasks.
However, the Firefox version of both the extensions was unaffected.
Source: The Hacker News