Ethereum [ETH] wallet MetaMask vanishes from Chrome Web store, users panic
MetaMask, the browser extension for interacting with the Ethereum network, had been delisted from the Google Chrome Web Store. The team informed the matter to its users in a tweet. Five hours later, the app was listed again, the company confirmed in a post.
According to the official Twitter handle of MetaMask, the company is “unsure” why Google Chrome’s delisted its extension from the store temporarily.
“PSA: MetaMask has been delisted from the Chrome Web Store. We are unsure of why this is the case and we will update everyone as we get more information. All other browsers are unaffected.”
The digital wallet company cautioned users against phishing websites.
“In the meanwhile, please be careful with any other phishing websites or plugins claiming to be MetaMask on Chrome. We will keep you posted on any new updates.”
MetaMask is one of the oldest and widely used decentralized apps (DApps) on the Ethereum network, serving as an important gateway for the network’s users. It is one of the mainstream Ethereum digital wallets in the cryptocurrency market at present.
Decentralized oracle and prediction market protocol built on the Ethereum, Augur tweeted,
The @metamask_io currently listed in the @googlechrome app store is a fake, phishing app. Do NOT download. The real MetaMask extension has been removed this morning without explanation. Follow @metamask_io for updates. pic.twitter.com/4CPS3wfFqE
— Augur (@AugurProject) July 25, 2018
When it was listed back five hours later, MetaMask tweeted,
PSA2: We are back on the chrome webstore. Stay tuned for a formal retrospective from the team.
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) July 25, 2018
The company’s website even posted guidelines for users to install the application manually. Several websites came forward to help resolve issues. MetaMask cautioned its users to be wary of this and to stay away from these offers as they may be targeting for hacking.
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