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Bad Piggies fakes bring woe to gamers

Some 80,000 Chrome users tricked as hit game replica scoops up personal data

Bad Piggies fakes bring woe to gamers
A very Bad Piggy: Fake versions trawled for personal data.

More than 80,000 Google Chrome users have fallen victim to a counterfeit version of Bad Piggies, popular follow-up to the worldwide hit game Angry Birds, according to Barracuda Networks.

The company's lab found that parallel to the install of the fake game is the installation of a plug-in that displays additional advertisements on sites such as Yahoo and MSN.

Rovio's Bad Piggies became a best seller in some app stores only three hours after its release last month. The fake version followed quickly, available for free to those without an Apple or Android OS.

Barracuda said users who downloaded the fake game were inundated with irksome, unwanted ads and, in some cases, may have let slip their credit card details to cyber criminals.

To install one of the counterfeit games, users were asked for permission to "access your data on all websites" in order to play a game. Users who clicked "agree" ran the risk of having their browsers hijacked. The plug-in authors could then acquire browsing data when users browsed the Internet with Google Chrome, gaining access to users' personal information, such as email addresses and online credit card information.

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