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Google Chrome Extension Caught Stealing Bitcoin From Users (softpedia.com) 28

An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin exchange portal Bitstamp is warning users of a Google Chrome extension that steals their Bitcoin when making a transfer. According to Bitstamp, this extension contains malicious code that is redirecting payments to its own Bitcoin address. Bitcoin web app developer Devon Weller confirmed Bitstamp's findings, saying that the extension was secretly replacing Bitcoin QR codes with its own. The extension's name is BitcoinWisdom Ads Remover and is still available on the Google Chrome Web Store. In July 2015, many users reported having similar issues with the same extension.
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Google Chrome Extension Caught Stealing Bitcoin From Users

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  • don't trust them.

  • submitted 8 months ago to the subreddit...hardly cutting edge news.

    • by NotInHere ( 3654617 ) on Saturday March 12, 2016 @10:46PM (#51687485)

      The NEWS here is that its still available for download, on march 12 2016.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitco... [reddit.com]

        The code has been cleaned out. Apparently my google account was hacked and someone uploaded this fake "update".
        My account password has been changed and a clean version of the plugin was uploaded to the chrome store again.

        so...think he was hacked again, or just bullshitting?

    • Exactly, I'm not one to judge whether something should be on Slashdot or not, but even I have to concede that this seems wildly out of place. The plug-in itself has only 5 ratings and 94 users, maybe if there were 100,000 users or something this would be relevant, but the app is clearly dead at such low statistics. Not to mention the functionality is completely pointless, "blocks ads from bitcoinwisdom.com" -- do people just have a unique extension to block ads for each site they visit? Such a weird story t
      • So you don't think any effort should be made to let as many people as possible know about the danger so they can avoid the app until it gets taken down?

        • So you don't think any effort should be made to let as many people as possible know...

          In order to let as many people as possible know, you have to literally let everyone alive know. Odds are fairly good that in order to accomplish that, the only requirement-fulfilling "any effort" is in fact "too much effort."

          I suggest that this "any effort" begins with you. I will happily join you and help as soon as I have seen that you have really committed to this endeavor. Tell you what.. if you manage to get even 10% of the way to the goal, I will promise to deliver the other 90%.

        • So you don't think any effort should be made to let as many people as possible know about the danger so they can avoid the app until it gets taken down?

          That's a good point, I'd rather not see a post for every single new virus introduced into the google playstore. Thanks for bringing in a new perspective.

      • Exactly, I'm not one to judge whether something should be on Slashdot or not,

        Yes you are, hypocrite. You're doing it right now.

        but even I have to concede that this seems wildly out of place.

        Well, it's about security, trojans, and bitcoin. What part of that seems wildly out of place on Slashdot? Are you just upset that this isn't an article about women in coding?

        • I was almost sure I was going to get a reply like this. Yes, I'm admitting that I'm going against my own standards of not judging if an article belongs on Slashdot or not. Congratulations on dissecting that for us. Anyways, I'm glad that you lack the attention of the majority of other Slashdot readers and insert "What part of that seems wildly out of place on Slashdot" before reading the next sentence where I state why it seems out of place on Slashdot. I don't know why you're projecting about women in codi
  • by Anonymous Coward

    As above.

  • by Anonymous Coward

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  • why not ABP ? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thygate ( 1590197 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @01:33AM (#51688087)
    Adblock Plus also blocks all the advertisements on bitcoinwisdom, so why would anyone bother with this extension ?
    • People install this, because most of them are sheep. They don't think critically. They just install anything that appears cool, or what other sheeple tell them is useful.

      • Hey, Bitcoins are cool and trendy, man. Don't be dissing bitcoins.

        I use them mainly to buy and sell Magic The Gathering cards.

  • Instead of being evil, why don't these talented hackers turn their powers to something for the good of humanity, like maybe a Chrome Extension that would blot out the words "Kim Kardashian" on any web page. Of course, if they're looking for a vector for their dirty deeds, that would be huge.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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