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Bad Piggies game on Chrome Web Store installs adware

Bad Piggies and a few other games on the Chrome Web Store were not made or published by Rovio, but by www.playhook.info, a suspicious developer of free flash games.

October 10, 2012 / 12:25 PM IST

After the relatively recent release of Rovio’s latest game – Bad Piggies – there seems to be an attempt to take advantage of the hype surrounding the game. According to Eurogamer, Bad Piggies and a few other games on the Chrome Web Store were not made or published by Rovio, but by www.playhook.info, a suspicious developer of ‘free flash games’. Attempting to install games by the developer requires you to download and install plug-ins that ask for permission to "access your data on all websites”. Doing so inserts new ads into websites such as Yahoo, IMDB, eBay, and MSN. The game is also confirmed to not be Bad Piggies. Another finding is that allowing the plug-ins leaves the browser vulnerable to hijacking, and lets the author of the plug-ins retrieve important information such as your credit card number and passwords. According to reports, over 82,000 people have fallen victim to the malicious app, with the number increasing by 13,000 per day.

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