uBlock Origin developer calls out AdblockPro copying code, distributing with spyware capabilities.

[A few months ago](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/4moxd2/is_adblock_pro_just_a_clone_of_ublock_origin/?ref=share&ref_source=link) I brought up [Adblock Pro](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-pro/ocifcklkibdehekfnmflempfgjhbedch/reviews) and how it seemed to be an almost exact copy of [uBlock Origin](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm). Last week 12/10 I noticed uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill posted the following on Adblock Pro's Chrome Web Store review page,

>"I am the developer of uBlock Origin.

>This is essentially the same code base as an older version (circa 1.7.4) of uBlock Origin, but with Google Analytics hook added to the manifest. Note the absence of privacy policy.

>Also aside google-analytics.com, whoever is behind this extension added another Content Security Policy directive which should really not be needed (the ability to embed Flash objects in the extension code itself). I consider this suspicious.

>Also, the maintainer of Adblock Pro apparently does not want users to find out that the code was taken from the uBlock Origin project, the "About" pane has been removed from the dashboard.

>Just use the real uBlock Origin: you get a more up to date version (1.10.0 as of writing), without any analytic hooks in the code base."

The comment can be found by sorting the reviews by English and recent and scroll to December 3.

I see this happening a lot and Adblock Pro's over 2 million users probably don't realize this at all.

Adblock Pro is a copy of uBlock Origin with added spyware capabilities.

5 thoughts on “uBlock Origin developer calls out AdblockPro copying code, distributing with spyware capabilities.”

  1. Why did they even bother removing the “About” section. It’s not like the menu’s usable. There’s a logo/banner on top that pushes most of scrollbar and menu below the browser viewport.


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