The latest Chrome update in 2019 is here, and interesting new features include freezing tabs that have been idle for a while and phishing scam protection. But the browser update has caused problems for a portion of users in India.
According to Google itself, about 15% of the people who updated the software had their credentials exposed. “Google warned Chrome users in India that Chrome 79 was leaking passwords and asked them to change their passwords immediately”, says the Windows Club website.
The affected person received a message from the company via alert in a pop-up window with the message: “Change your password. A data breach on a site or app has exposed your password. Chrome recommends changing your site password.” from the alert, you can’t tell exactly if it was just Google Account credentials or those stored in your browser.
A Chromium development platform engineer answered some questions about this issue and said that Google initially believed that 50% of users had been affected, but in the end that percentage was much lower, at 15%. “We are currently discussing the right strategy to solve this problem: continue migration by moving lost files to their new locations, or roll back the change by moving migrated files to their old locations. We’ll tell you which of these two options were chosen soon”, he said.
Google also assesses whether or not affected users will be able to recover their lost data and, at least for now, there is no information on whether the bug was exploited by anyone.
Source: Windows Club