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We all love plugins, extensions and themes for Chrome, don’t we? They make not only have the ability to make our browser more beautiful and functional, they are also a potential risk as they might violate your privacy or can execute other malicious code on your system. The have been many allegations that Google is not paying enough attention to security issues in the past, now it looks like they have taken action for the first time.
As reported by theregister.co.uk, Google has banned two apps from the Chrome Webstore this morning. The two extensions that were quietly removed from the store were “Super Mario World” and “Super Mario World 2″. They are not only potentially violating Nintendo’s trademarks, they are also spying on the users data. There is a standard warning displayed to the users of many extensions, the ability to spy on user data is possible to many extensions – especially the ones that modify web-pages (for example by blocking the ads on them). But the ability to access users data has so far not lead to actual invasions of the users privacy. Until now.
The removal of the two apps by Google shows that there will hopefully a better security in the Chrome Webstore. However, it also shows that insufficient security has been going on for too long. In its attempt to catch up with Mozilla, Google has neglected these issues and who knows how many users have become victims to the developers of fraudulent extensions.