Be careful when installing browser extensions!
That number may have been inflated, though
What just happened? Researchers with Guardio Security uncovered a "vast campaign" of malicious data-collecting browser extensions. The analysts dubbed it "Dormant Colors" because of the malware's focus on color and style themes --- Action Colors, Power Colors, Super Colors, and so on. Dormant Colors consists of 30 different extensions that millions of users have downloaded.
Remove any you might have installed
Taking a closer look at YouTube recommendations
Downloaded 32 million times, they were collecting keystrokes, authentication cookies, and more
Half the extensions on the Chrome Web Store have fewer than 16 installs
Nearly a third of Chrome extensions use third-party libraries that contain publicly known vulnerabilities
For those who dislike Chrome
Apps are quietly collecting full browser histories against Google rules
This is what happens when devs break the rules
Embrace the dark side