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Google Steps Up Fight on Spam in Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store has been available since 2011, offering a total of more than 200.000 browser extensions that allow users to easily customize their browsing experience in Chrome.

Just as with other application storefronts, Chrome Web Store too was the target of cybercriminals looking to leverage it for malware distribution or for other malicious purposes.

The increase in extension adoption has resulted in spammers and fraudsters submitting to the marketplace low-quality and misleading extensions and tricking users into installing them, in an attempt to make a quick profit.

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