Traditional Viruses are non-existent on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS gadgets but other threats can and do appear on the platform thanks almost entirely to Android, according to a recent report published by Malwarebytes Labs. Chrome OS has been capable of running Android applications on devices supporting Google Play since 2016. Although not all apps function properly or display correctly and a lack of root permissions generally limits what those can do to the underlying OS, that brings forward malware that’s already on Android handsets and tablets. That means that, in addition to threats found across all browsers in terms of extensions and malicious ads or websites, user data theft and credential theft — primarily through phishing — is possible. The creation of a botnet, crypto mining, and other forms of resource mismanagement is a possibility as well as ad fraud and scams involving fake applications.
Original Article Appeared 12/20/2018