GOOGLE has released an urgent update for its Chrome web browser after discovering a critical vulnerability.
The software upgrade is rolling out this week for the Chrome app on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs around the world.
Google says hackers are actively exploiting the flaw, making it imperative that users update as soon as possible.
The company does not disclose the nature of the vulnerability to prevent more cyber crooks from discovering it.
Software bugs can give tech-savvy criminals access to your online passwords, bank account information, and more.
“We are aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-3075 exists in the wild,” Google said said in a blog post last week.
The company was made aware of the issue by an anonymous researcher on Aug. 30.
The US tech titan expects the update to roll out to all users in the coming days or weeks.
It described the issue as a high-level “zero day” vulnerability, which was reportedly exploited by crooks.
A zero-day is a bug in software that attackers discovered before the vendor knew about it.
Billions of people around the world use Google Chrome, making it the most popular web browser in the world.
Therefore, it is a popular target for hackers who try to exploit flaws in the software to gain access to people’s PCs or smartphones.
To update Chrome, click the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of your Chrome window.
Go to Help > About Google Chrome to see if the update is available for you.
An army of vigilante hackers hunt bugs in software developed by companies like Windows, Google, and Apple.
Big tech companies strive to find and fix the vulnerabilities before they are discovered by cyber crooks who could use them to target users.
They pay techies thousands of dollars to find and report bugs that could prove useful to criminals.
Experts have thwarted a record number of serious security flaws exploited by hackers over the past year.
Google said in a report earlier this year that bug hunters have reported a total of 58 for 2021, including a powerful cyberweapon used to spy on Boris Johnson’s computer network.
The shocking number was the highest since the tech company launched a program to eradicate hackers in 2014.
This more than doubled the previous record from 2015.
Google warned that many of the so-called “zero-day exploits” found in the wild use similar techniques that have been seen before.
The unwanted list included five against iPhones iOS, seven affecting Android and 14 linked to Chrome systems.
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