Thursday, Google disabled the popular tab-management extension The Great Suspender because it contained malware. It was also removed from the Chrome web store and disabled it from users’ computers.
Google’s decision was met with mixed reactions. While users were thankful for the protection, they were upset about losing suspended tabs.
The extension’s original maintainer is reported to have sold the sofware to some unknown parties. The new maintainers secretly added features that would enable them to execute arbitrary code from a remote server to monitor users and commit advertising fraud.
This is not the first time news about the shady practices of the extension is coming out. In January, the Register released a report on Great Suspender concerns dating as far back as November. Microsoft Edge disabled the extension in November as well.
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