A Chrome extension that promises to remove ads from a Bitcoin-related site is offering an additional feature users’ are unlikely to want, and that’s the theft of their Bitcoin’s when they attempt to make transfers on a number of leading Bitcoin exchanges.
The BitcoinWisdom Ads Remover is an extension that removes ads from BitcoinWisdom.com, a site more and more users are finding useful as it provides Bitcoin-related statistics in easy-to-understand charts.
It actually does remove the ads on the site, but according to Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp, Inc., the extension contains malicious code that redirects payments made by a user to its own Bitcoin address, when using the Bitstamp, BTC-E, and Hashnest services.
Be careful! We have uncovered a Chrome extension called BitcoinWisdom Ads Remover that will try to steal your #bitcoin.
— Bitstamp (@Bitstamp) March 11, 2016