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Fake Bad Piggies app has infected 80,000 Google Chrome users with aggressive adware

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Fake Bad Piggies app has infected 80,000 Google Chrome users with aggressive adware
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Barracuda Networks, a company which specialises in security and data protection solutions, has revealed that more than 80,000 swine-loving gamers may have fallen victim to a fake version of Rovio's Angry Birds follow-up Bad Piggies.

If you've downloaded Bad Piggies for Google's Chrome browser, you could be one of the 80,000. The fake app installs a plug-in that displays pesky on-screen advertisements when you visit popular websites such as MSN, Yahoo, eBay, and MySpace.

According to Barracuda Networks's report, once you've given the app permission to "access your data on all websites", the plug-in can be used to steal sensitive information like email addresses and online credit card information.

"When installing a plug-in inside the Chrome web store, consider the requested permissions with a critical eye toward the intent of the plug-in. If the plug-in requests any permission that does not seem reasonable, do not install it", Barracuda Networks suggests.

"If you have already installed, uninstall it immediately and change your passwords on other websites if possible."