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Hola browser extension should be uninstalled, researchers say

Jeremy Kirk | June 3, 2015
Security researchers contend the developer of a popular browser extension has not fixed vulnerabilities they found, and are recommending users should get rid of it.

"He passed through our filters and was able to take advantage of our network," he wrote. "We analyzed the incident and built the necessary measures in our processes to ensure that such incidents do not occur and deactivated his service."

Scrutiny into Hola is now coming from other sources. Vectra, a computer security company, studied Hola and concluded it "contains a variety of features that make it an ideal platform for executing targeted cyber attacks."

The communication protocol used by Hola, for example, has been found in five malware samples on VirusTotal, Vectra wrote. "Unsurprisingly, this means that bad guys had realized the potential of Hola before the recent flurry of public reports by the good guys."

 

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