Rovio’s Bad Piggies is feeling the sting of adware ‘developers’. A fake version of the mobile game is being distributed through Google Chrome, thus far resulting in over 80,000 adware viruses being installed onto user’s computers.
A security warning from Barracuda Networks reads:
“First, this Angry Birds Bad Piggies game is not authentic: it is a pigs-shoot-birds game. Second, and much worse, once the game installs a plug-in that displays additional advertisements in some popular websites. Yahoo.com for example.
“As of Oct. 2, 2012, there are about 82,593 Chrome users who installed these ads-injected plugins, and the total number is still climbing fast day by day, e.g., about 13K new installations from October 1 to October 2.
“A suggestion to Chrome users; whenever trying to install a plugin inside the Chrome web store, consider the requested permissions with a critical eye toward the intent of the plugin. If the plugin requests any permission that does not seem reasonable, do not install it. If you have already installed, uninstall them immediately and change your passwords on other websites if possible.”