Chrome Users Beware, More than 300,000 Android Devices Hacked Since August
Google’s Chrome is easily the most widely used web browser internationally, but it may not be if you knew of the vulnerabilities. Since August, 300,000 Android devices have been hacked throughout the world via Chrome leaving some users divulging some of their most private information.
The hack starts off with an onscreen display via a popup stating the device has a virus. Of course, the would-be hackers offer the perfect solution which is to click on the popup’s “Remove Virus Now” where you are redirected so the hacker can get the user to change their phone’s settings. This allows the hacker to download APK’s where a malware program then steals the user’s private information.
Over the course of a few months, it’s been reported that more than 318,000 users fell for the scam. The “Remove Virus Now” is just that, a scam, as there is no virus at all. This can be seen while surfing any website and we’ve heard that all types of Android devices have seen it including smartphones and tablets.
This isn’t the first type of hack we’ve seen over the years and Chrome isn’t the only web browser that’s been affected. Google has done a great job recognizing and implementing measures to safeguard user’s most vital information.
The best ways to avoid these types of hacks is to be informed as I guarantee this isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last time.