Google has a new problem: original add-on developers are being bought out by ad firms and their creations equipped with code serving ads to unsuspecting users.
Results from the second annual Mobile Pwn2Own competition ending today at PacSec Applied Security Conference in Tokyo, Japan, are in: the successful compromises include Samsung Galaxy S4 in the OS category, and Safari and Chrome in the mobile browser category.
A new feature that has been added to Google Canary is set to help users remove changes effected by malware that switches their homepage or injects ads into the sites their browse.
Inspired by a piece of fictional software described in Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother, developer Ben West created a browser plugin that should, in theory, make it difficult for advertisers and government agencies to create an accurate profile of an Internet user based on the websites he visits.
When choosing to import his Safari bookmarks and settings into Google's Chrome browser, software developer Elliot Kember discovered that although it seemed like he could opt out of importing his saved passwords, he had no choice but to do it: "Why is 'Saved passwords' greyed out, and mandatory? Why have a check-box? This is the illusion of choice," he says, and points out another thing that troubles him: the imported passwords can easily be revealed to anyone having physical access to the computer, via a click on the "Show" button in Chrome’s settings panel.