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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17 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 945; 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: 602; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; 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: 673; 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: 945; 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: 1318; 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.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Some people use Chrome, because they trust Google.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

That's not exactly relevant to what he's saying, now is it? Besides with this being aimed at iPhone users, I expect that the group responsible sees them as the most gullible users.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Oh, but it is. You see, iOS users are used to a high level of privacy and protection within their apps so, when the setting to block popups is enabled, we figure the browser... blocks the popups and anything popping up are system messages. I mean, we're not talking about qq, 360 or baidu (products from companies with questionable business tactics), we are talking about Chrome. If I can't trust one product made by Google, why should I trust other product or ANY Google product?

14. Onespot

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Why do you trust apple? are u the C.E.O and know everything they are doing and what they are hiding like slowing down older model? Thr might be so many apple secrets that are just well hidden, you cant trust anyone and chrome is much better then safari and its a fact, you will get this type of popup whenver u visit a suspicious website on any device you just need to be smart enough to know what's right and wrong to click on

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I am an Apple user for 6 years now and I have used for a longer period of time 4 different models of iPhone. None of those models were slowed down (I have changed the battery of a 5s I had after 4 year of usage). I also have a few Android phones (from all classes: high, mid, low) and I know very well how they are (I have so much phones, because I want to make the services I offer mobile friendly and I need to know the experience of any type of mobile phone user with my site/app); Chrome came a long way, but it's nowhere near Safari when it comes to security, privacy and functionality (it's even far behind Samsung Internet or Firefox). You're the second person that speaks of "suspicious websites": can you provide me with an example so I can test it (maybe I'll have better luck with you)? Thanks.

9. pogba

Posts: 105; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

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

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The article talks about a vulnerability, it doesn't say iOS users fell for it.

12. dnomadic

Posts: 400; 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.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Can you give me the site? It's not that I don't believe you, it's just that I want to check something. Thanks!

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I have doubt to your story.

16. Sweetcheese

Posts: 37; 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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