Popular extension for browsers was a dangerous spy

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The browser extension Stylish caught in the secret collection of user data. About this on its website said developer Robert Heaton (Robert Heaton).

Stylish has attracted more than two million users to change the appearance of web pages. His skins (design — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) allowed to drown out the original bright colors on the site for easy reading or, alternatively, paint the interface.

It turned out that from January 2017 in the extension was added to “spy” ON. It collects information about visited websites on the servers of the company SimilarWeb. After purchasing the service, the organization received a card file browser histories of users from around the world. Theoretically, based on history, such data can be linked with the real names of the people or their contact details.

Heaton noticed that the documents SimilarWeb dedicated to data privacy, it is reported that they only collect “non-personal” data. Technically this may be correct, however, the expert drew attention to the possibility of hacking database of a third party or their thefts by unscrupulous employees.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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