Google has deleted 49 malicious chrome extensions from Google Play store which have been developed for stealing crypto wallet data from its users.
These extensions have been distributed as utilities for working with popular cryptocurrency wallets and applications including Trezor, Ledger, Jaxx, MyEtherWallet, Electrum, Exodus, MetaMask, and KeepKey.
Harry Denley, director and security researcher for the MyCrypto platform, who discovered the malicious extensions, believes that they were created by a single person or a group and is allegedly linked to Russia.
“Some of the extensions have had a network of fake users rate the app with 5 stars and give positive feedback on the extension to entice a user to download it,” Denley pointed out.
As the perpetrator is still unidentified, the chances of the creation of more similar malicious apps are very high. In the past, many Chrome extensions were targeting crypto users, attempting theft funds from their wallets.