Brave, a popular browser that’s both cryptocurrency and privacy-centric, has strangled in a link hijacking issue. It’s reported by users that, whenever they type a direct domain URL into the search bar, it’s being turned into an affiliate link before redirecting to the requested site. While this doesn’t manipulate any of the search queries, the community still cried for not being informed.
After browsers like Chrome, Firefox, etc are being blamed for collecting several identifiable user data, Brave emerged as a new browser that’s more privacy-centric and with the new revenue model. Brave blocks ads, scripts, and trackers by default and even reward users with their native cryptocurrency for clicking on their suggested ads.
Findings and Apologies
While this model gained popularity in the crypto community, a new finding from a Twitter user, Yannick Eich revealed that Brave creators are cashing by tuning certain domain searches into affiliate links! This was told by him as, So when you are using the @brave browser and type in “binance[.]us” you end up getting redirected to “binance[.]us/en?ref=35089877”.
So when you are using the @brave browser and type in "binance[.]us" you end up getting redirected to "binance[.]us/en?ref=35089877" – I see what you did there mates 😂
— Cryptonator1337 (@cryptonator1337) June 6, 2020
Brendan tried explaining as “It’s not great, and sorry again. I’m sad about it, too. We made a mistake, we’re correcting: Brave default autocompletes verbatim ‘http://binance.us’ in the address bar to add an affiliate code.”
1/ We made a mistake, we're correcting: Brave default autocompletes verbatim "https://t.co/hJd0ePInEw" in address bar to add an affiliate code. We are a Binance affiliate, we refer users via the opt-in trading widget on the new tab page, but autocomplete should not add any code.
— BrendanEich (@BrendanEich) June 6, 2020
Barve and Binance have struck a deal to promote its trading platform through its browser. This is by Brave adding a Binance widget on its browser homepage to let users trade cryptocurrencies easily.
While this deal was limited to a widget, Brave has been adding its affiliate URL to the domain searches, which raged the community. Further, when dug into its code on GitHub, it was also found to be doing the same with Ledger, Trezor, and Coinbase platforms too!