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Fake Ad Blockers 2: Now with Cookies and Ad Fraud
Here is a story of how we (once again) found some fake ad blockers on Chrome Web Store — now with cookies and ad fraud.
$5 Billion Worth Man-Made Disasters Then and Now
Facebook's recent $5 billion fine marks a new era. Personal data has been made a commodity by corporations. But do people on the web mind it at all? AdGuard has conducted a survey among its website visitors to find the answers, and the results are quite interesting.
"Big Star Labs" spyware campaign affects over 11,000,000 people

In the previous article about the Unimania spyware campaign I promised to tell you more about the privacy issues discovered during our automated scan of many Google Chrome extensions. This took me a while, and I apologize for the delay.

Unimania: I Need Your Facebook Data, Location, And Your Browsing History

Privacy protection is basically what we do, so I never get tired of stories about how unpredictable the ways of getting Facebook user data are. Cambridge Analytica might be dead, but the business of stealing users’ data lives on, and this article demonstrates one more example of that.

Over 20,000,000 of Chrome Users are Victims of Fake Ad Blockers

According to the PageFair 2014 report, Google Chrome is a major driver of adblock growth. 20% of users discovered ad blocking by browsing “available browser extensions”. Given how popular ad blocking is, it is quite a lot. This also explains why "cloning" wide-spread ad blockers has become so popular among online crooks. Seven months ago big news broke: 37,000 users were tricked into installing a fake Adblock Plus extension.

What if I told you that thanks to poor Chrome's WebStore moderation the situation is much worse, and in reality over 20,000,000 users are affected and tricked into installing fake malicious ad blockers?