All those using the mobile version of Google Chrome are hereby requested to make a note of a phishing scam which is taking place in the current cyber landscape. According to a recent media update given by developer Jim Fisher, hackers are seen using a mix of coding and screenshot techniques to trick chrome users into giving up their private info such as passwords and credit card info.
Fisher said that the scam has been dubbed as ‘inception bar’ which targets Android mobile users for chrome by using fake address bars that not only use legitimate website names, but also SSL certificates for authenticity.
But in reality, these websites are fake and are created by cyber crooks to steal vital info from users.
“Hackers are using coding techniques to camouflage malicious webpages into legitimate ones and steal important info and in near future, the attack vector can become more sophisticated leading to more crises in the web world”, says Fisher.
James Fisher says that the only way to check whether your phone is compromised is to first lock your phone and then unlock it. In this way, Chrome for Android will be allowed to show the real address bar and leave the fake one- displaying two search browsers which are a sign of an attack.
Note 1- In the past couple of years, Google has added many features to its chrome bar which alerts users when they are browsing a potentially harmful website.
Note 2- In Feb’19, research firm StatCounter released an estimate that Chrome occupies 62% of browser market share on a global note across all platforms. But the fact is that the browser is being offered as a bundled default version on all Android OS loaded devices from the past 4 years.