More than 3.2 billion Chrome users at risk of a serious hack attack

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  • Google has issued new security warning to all its Chrome users due to a serious vulnerability.
  • The Zero-day vulnerabilities have been for a long-time rampant and no long-lasting solution is yet to be found.
  • The vulnerabilities are eight in total and have a risk level of high to medium.
Windows zero-day vulnerability

If you use Chrome on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, then you need to pay attention to this.

Google has confirmed that almost all of its Chrome web browser users are at risk of a serious hack attack.

The vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers and could put billions of users at risk.

The tech giant stated that hackers have found a way to remotely control users’ browsers, giving them access to files stored on local hard drives and any personal information they may have entered into their browser, including banking details and passwords.

Zero-day attack

Zero days are bugs or flaws in software or hardware which can be used to hack into systems without the user having any idea they are under attack.

Google has revealed details of a serious exploit that is being actively used to attack Chrome users. Worse still, the hack has been used to target Windows, Mac, and Linux computer users and it’s completely undetectable by anti-virus software.

Eight vulnerabilities

Google is keeping it under wraps about the details of the vulnerabilities but so far, this is the available information in order of risk level:

Google recommends that Chrome users to update their web browser as soon as possible. As many as 3.2 billion people are at risk of serious hacks because of a flaw in Chrome.

You can check on your browser whether the update is already available so that you can start protecting yourself.

Restart your Chrome browser immediately after the update to ensure the changes take effect.

The release of the updates is however still in the roll-out phase which means you may be vulnerable to the attack in the meantime.

Are you using the latest Chrome update? Let us know what you are doing to stay protected in the comment section below.