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Hacked MEGA Extension Has Been Deleted From Chrome Store After Putting Users’ Crypto Holdings in Jeopardy

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Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:32
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Alex Dovbnya
The MEGA Chrome extension, which is marked as ‘secure cloud storage,’ turns out to be not as secure as it fallen victim to hackers who would update its code
Hacked MEGA Extension Has Been Deleted From Chrome Store After Putting Users’ Crypto Holdings in Jeopardy
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The MEGA Chrome extension, which is marked as ‘secure cloud storage,’ turns out to be not that secure as it has recently fallen victim to hackers who would update its code to steal crypto.

At first, the news started circulating on Reddit, but then Monero came up with a warning about the security breach that would allow stealing its users’ private keys through the aforementioned extension.

PSA: The official MEGA extension has been compromised and now includes functionality to steal your Monero: https://t.co/vzWwcM9E5k

— Monero || #xmr (@monero) September 4, 2018

The malicious code was capable of intercepting usernames, passwords and other sensitive information that would be required in order to steal crypto. As of now, the extension is not available on Chrome Store anymore (the Firefox add-on hasn’t been affected).

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.