Google Chrome users targeted by Cyber Attack

Google Chrome users worldwide are being warned about a targeted cyber attack specifically aimed at Android browsers across various devices. Hackers are deploying fake error messages to lure users into downloading malicious code purportedly to fix issues in both the Chrome browser and Microsoft Word and OneDrive accounts.

Security experts advise Chrome users to exercise caution and avoid installing root certificates or blindly copying raw code with their mouse. Initial investigations suggested the attack aimed at stealing digital information from devices, but further scrutiny revealed a focus on stealing cryptocurrencies like BTC.

The cybersecurity firm Proofpoint first identified these deceptive ‘fake error messages’ designed to mislead users into downloading code that turns malicious upon execution.

In other developments, Google has begun rolling out an update to Chrome browser users on Android, introducing a new feature called ‘Listen to this Page.’ This feature allows users to listen to web pages in their preferred language. To access it, Chrome users need to tap the three-dot menu icon and select the option to listen to the page from the menu in the Chrome Android app.

Currently, the audio feature is exclusive to Google search users using the Chrome app, with plans to expand it to other browsers in the coming months. Users can control playback options such as play, pause, rewind, and fast forward, enabling them to consume web content audibly at their convenience.

Interestingly, the cyber attack on Chrome browsers coincided with Google’s announcement of the ‘Listen to this Page’ feature for its mobile application users.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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