Chrome Web Store slammed again after 295 ad-injecting, spammy extensions downloaded 80 million times


Google’s Chrome Web Store is once again under fire for poor policing of harmful extensions.

In a blog post this week, ad-blocking biz AdGuard took Google to task for allowing almost 300 policy-violating extensions to be downloaded by over 80 million users – some of whom are likely faked by spammers – without doing anything until weeks after being alerted to the problem.

The bad extensions consist of fake ad blockers that inject adverts into search results rather than blocking them, fake ad blockers that engage in cookie stuffing to defraud advertisers, and extensions involved in spam-related abuse.

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