Google’s lead security engineer has warned users to update Chrome immediately or risk having their system hijacked. A security breach was uncovered by hackers on the desktop version of Chrome before the company had chance to spot the flaw. The exploit relates to a part of Chrome called FileReader, which lets software built into websites access data stored on a user’s computer. Google has not released any further details on the bug, to avoid giving copycats information on how to find a workaround to their fix. The fact that Google didn’t detect the bug themselves meant that Chrome browsers were actively under attack before a fix could be released. Delays like this give hackers a head start and leave users’ systems vulnerable before an update is installed. Experts say that the bug may have let hackers hijack computers remotely.
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