Google Chrome users need to be more cautious not to get into a terrifying new scam.
This new scam is nothing more but an app that looks almost exactly like your favourite browser. It cheats users to enter their payment card details, which are gathered and sent to an AOL email address.
The malware is called Dubbed Betaling and it shows up on your desktop with a usual Google Chrome icon, which makes it almost impossible to suspect. Moreover, Betaling has an interface that also looks exactly like Chrome browser.
When you launch your browser via Betaling, you will see absolutely the same URL-navigation bar and even the same lock icon for HTTPS.
The Betaling creators have paid attention to the details. So the users will believe that they use Chrome and therefore they will fully trust the application with their CC details.
When you launch Betaling, it requests your payment info on a new page. When a user enters his payment details, this information is saved, stored and sent to the cyber criminals. Of course, the users are not warned about it. And they are not asked for permission.
Luckily, there is still a way to make these applications apart, as Betaling is not a perfect Chrome clone. Check the list of these details to look for before you enter your CC number.
- Betaling requires a minimum version of .NET Framework 4.0 or higher to be installed. Google Chrome never specifies it.
- Even if you run the malware on Windows 7 or any other earlier version, Betaling will have a Windows 8-style Metro design.
- Betaling browser cannot be resized, you can only close it. You cannot minimize the window or make it fullscreen either.
- When you type something in Betaling, the user interface is only available in Dutch.
The new malware was launched exactly when Google Chrome presented a new feature on its latest iOS beta version, a Reading List. This feature will allow Chrome users to save articles and any other pages to read later.
The similar feature is now available in Safari.
This new feature will be available in Chrome under from the menu in the upper-right corner of the mobile app. Right by the menu item you will see the number of saved articles to read.
When you add an article to the Reading List, it will be put into one of 2 possible groups, Unread and Pages You’ve Read. It will help you to manage these pages more easily, This is something that is not available in Safari.
However, don’t expect to find this feature in the desktop edition, it is only available for smartphones. If you really need it on your desktop, you can use third-party with the same functionality.
The Reading List is being tested for the latest Chrome build and most likely will be released in the nearest future.