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Hackers are flooding Microsoft Edge with illegal games like Sonic and Mario Kart 64

Hackers are flooding Microsoft Edge with illegal games like Sonic and Mario Kart 64

The Microsoft Edge extension store appears to host illegal copies of a number of popular games, including Mario Kart 64And the Super Mario Bros.And the Sonic the Hedgehog 2And the Pac-ManAnd the TetrisAnd the Cut the ropeAnd the Even Microsoft’s success Maine Craft. The developers listed in the titles are not Microsoft, Nintendo, or any other known game developer, which means they are not official versions of the games.

We found 35 data cards across 10 different “developers” with names like “GamePro Inc”, “Gamelands”, “StayReal” and “Kday”, including a number of duplicate games. Many of the listings, even from different developers, have very similar descriptions, which indicates that they may come from the same source.

Here are screenshots of a few of the games we found:

Curiously, Microsoft Itself It appears to be promoting browser extensions in what appears to be a now deleted Tweet from MSEdgeDev accountThat we saw Via ResetEra.

picture: KoolAid on ResetEra

We haven’t seen this alleged tweet ourselves, and it’s not currently on an MSEdgeDev account at this time. But one brave soul on Twitter, Jordan Chase, said Installations Mario Kart 64 Extension On Twitter – He said so in response to a now deleted tweet from MSEdgeDev.

In his tweet, Chase said that the Mario Kart 64 extension is downloading the game’s ROM. While simulators are generally legal, some websites (Like the Internet ArchiveHosting abandoned software you can play in a browser, Nintendo, which is notorious for clamping down on sites that host ROMs and pirated content, is unlikely to allow people to download copies of their favorite games via free browser extensions.

The Tetris The extension also appears to be a copy of the popular puzzle game, although it did not download the ROM, According to Chase. he is He also said Installed Pac-Man , And appears to be “using direct assets from the original game.” I haven’t installed the games myself in case they are doing something outrageous, and I highly recommend not to put them on your device.

Some of the games we found have reviews dating back to October, indicating that they have been sitting unnoticed in Microsoft’s catalog for quite some time. It’s unclear why it has been around for so long.

Many of the listings attempt to avoid problems with a questionable disclaimer stating that the listings are not affiliated with the original games. Here is one to list Mario Kart 64, For example:

Important: This emulator is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo. All graphics, games and other multimedia are copyrighted to their respective owners and authors. This game is for all Mario fans!

Says Microsoft and Nintendo the edge They are looking into the situation.

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