Beware, chrome extension "Webpage screenshot" collects your traffic

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by sukarof, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. sukarof

    sukarof Registered Member

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    A Swedish newspaper has investigated the Chrome Extension "Webpage screenshot" and found that it collects data about all your visited sites and sends it to a server in USA. It is still available in Chrome webstore. Google "doesnt comment specific cases" is the answer when journalists tries to warn Google.

    The journalist has examined the code and found that the specific code that does the spying is not installed with the extension when the extension is installed. Instead it downloads the spy code after the installation. Not directly but after a week.
    When you visit a site the info about the headline and adress is collected on your computer.
    It sends the collected data once a minute to a server in US
    It uses highly unorthodox way of programming to try to hide the code.

    So if you have this extension you might want to give it a look.
    Link to the article hxxp://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/hemlig-kod-spionerar-pa-svenskars-surfvanor/


    (you might want to google translate it)
     
  2. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    Considering it comes from DN it's quite good :rolleyes:

    Here's the link to it but don't install it: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webpage-screenshot/ckibcdccnfeookdmbahgiakhnjcddpki?hl=sv

    Update: the link above and the link to Softpedia doesn't work anymore so it seems that it has been taken down.

    From the link above....
    From the Softpedia link above....
    No?... But according to the article it will send data each minute about what websites you have visited to a server in the U.S., even from secure connections. It does not collect content from visited websites or content from emails, but it has capabilities to do that if the "dev" want to. The "dev" says to DN that the purpose collecting all this is to build up statistics on browsing behaviours and sell it because it has a high commercial value, and he point out that it's not data from individuals that is interesting but browsing behaviours as a whole.

    (roughly translated.)
     
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  3. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/04/10/popular-chrome-extension-turns-out-to-be-spyware/
     
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