An accidental outage was caused by LastPass yesterday by mistakenly removing the LastPass extension from the Chrome Web Store, leading to users seeing 404 errors when trying to download and install it on their devices.
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'The LastPass extension in the Chrome Web Store was accidentally removed by us and we are working with the Google team to restore it ASAP,' LastPass Support today said in an update on Twitter. 'You can still access your Vault by signing in on our website.'
The LastPass extension's Chrome Web Store entry is still inaccessible, with users who try to access it still being instead served with 404 errors.
Yesterday's LastPass issues started with users reporting that they can't download the LastPass Chrome Extension and the company acknowledging the issue on the status website.
'The Network Operations Center is investigating reports that Chrome users are experiencing 404 errors when downloading the LastPass Chrome Extension,' the incident's initial description reads.
LastPass also advised users in a subsequent update, published one hour later, to use the Web Vault or the Mobile App, or even use LastPass with another browser of their choice until the problem is found and fixed.
Four hours later, the issue behind the extension download problems was identified, with the company blaming it on the accidental removing of the LastPass Chrome Extension from Google's Chrome Web Store.
While the unexpected and accidental remove led to hundreds if not thousands of reports from users, the ones who already had the extension installed were not affected by this incident.
As previously mentioned, LastPass' Chrome extension is not available in the store and users are advised to access their Vault by signing in on the LastPass website.
While some users feared that this outage was a sign of a security incident, LastPass Support said on Twitter that this is not the case and users wouldn't have to worry about their passwords or personal info getting leaked even if that was the case.
'Please note that all encryption and decryption occurs locally on your device, not on our servers,' LastPass further explained. 'We don’t have access to your sensitive data.'
Update January 23, 11:57 EST: The LastPass Chrome extension will be available again after clearing Google's Chrome Store review process.
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Update January 23, 13:37 EST: LastPass PR Manager Lauren Christopherson sent the following statement to clarify that this is not a service outage:
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I wanted to clarify, this is not an outage of the LastPass Chrome extension. As you know, it is temporarily unavailable to download, which will be resolved soon. We’re just waiting on Google to finalize their review and republish. Users can still access their vault via the website, other browser extensions, or mobile app.
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Update January 23, 18:03 EST: The LastPass extension is available in the Chrome Web Store again.
RESOLVED: The LastPass Chrome extension has been restored: https://t.co/2CHMs3gkgs
Our apologies for any inconveniences caused, and thank you for your understanding and patience.