U.S. iOS users need to uninstall the Chrome browser app now

U.S. iOS users need to uninstall the Chrome browser app now
A report from internet security from Confiant (via Tom's Guide) reveals that a flaw with the Chrome browser app for iOS is allowing a group of criminals known as eGobbler to "hijack" iPhone users and steal their cash. Fake ads will pop-up on the browser and will take the user to another website where he is tricked into giving up his password and other log-in information. The Chrome browser for Android is not affected by these attacks.

The latest attack started on April 6th and ran for six days. During the course of the attack, nearly 500 million fake ads were served to iPhone users, mostly in the U.S. During this recent attack, eGobbler ads could be recognized by the .World domain name on their landing pages. Even though the Chrome browser features a pop-up blocker, Confiant discovered the technique used to bypass this security feature. The security firm said that once Google fixes the exploit, it will reveal how this was accomplished by eGobbler.

Since this group often launches its attacks during holidays, there is some concern about the upcoming Easter weekend. Confiant notes that eGobbler campaigns peak about 36 to 48 hours after they start. The attacks infect legitimate ad-servers, and while Chrome team members were alerted on April 11th, iOS users (especially those in the U.S.) need to uninstall Chrome immediately. There are other third-party browsers in the App Store if Safari is not a viable option.

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10 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Isn't Google chrome on iOS using Safari's engine hence it's essentially a browser theme?

2. Alan01

Posts: 645; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

While both are built over WebKit, Safari is not affected. Alan

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Just stick with safari. It's the best browser for iOS. Nevermind the other browsers.

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Agreed. I don’t understand why somebody would use any other browser than Safari on iOS. It is super fast and very reliable.

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Safari if my memory is correct is usually the first browser to be hacked at pwn2own events.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You have to be pretty tech illiterate or just plain dumb to willingly give your info to these pop-up ads.

9. pogba

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

No offense intended, aren't iPhone owners supposed to be too smart for something like this?

12. dnomadic

Posts: 443; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The funny thing is, after reading this message, I switched to Safari and I proceeded with my normal searches and websites.... To my surprise a pop-up that supposedly is a Google Chrome issue, popped up in my Safari Browser... Shame on Safari for stealing Chromes vulnerabilities. This story is poppycock as I have experienced these crazy pop ups in both browsers don't know where it occurs most often, but it happens.

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I have doubt to your story.

16. Sweetcheese

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Adverts sending unsuspecting people to such suspicious sites offering ridiculous giveaways have been circulating on WhatsApp for a while now. I've also seen adverts like these pop up on random sites. I use an android

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