Millions of Chrome users place their trust in the hands of extension developers. But what happens when add-ons are sold to a new owner?
In what sounds like the paranoid conspiracy theory of an anti-Google shill, some popular Chrome extensions are reportedly being bought up by pedlars of malware looking for a fast way to infect thousands of users at once.
This is precisely what happened to one of Chrome’s most popular* third-party Feedly extensions. […]
Chrome extensions are updated silently in the background, so the majority of users would have been unaware that the spammy links, pop-up ads, and intrusive affiliate code embeds, suddenly affecting each and every site they visited were the fault of their dependable Feedly add-on. […]
*We’ve chosen not to include a link to the add-on mentioned in this article.