After Facebook, Twitter and Google, yet other crackdowns on malicious crypto mining extensions on its Chrome store by Google. In the very short notice, the step has initiated to illicit cryptocurrency mining.
So far, Chrome store permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions only when it is of a single purpose. And also, the user must the awareness of the overall behavior of the mining.
James Wagner, Google’s extensions platform product manager said in a blog post on Monday,
“Unfortunately, approximately 90 percent of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store failed to comply with these policies and have been either rejectes or removes from the store”.
Starting on Monday, Google halts addition of new crypto mining extension for its Chrome browser. Further, the existing extension in Web Store will be removed from the list and. Besides, the ban on crypto ads pertaining in June.
Significantly, the approach is due to rise in malicious extensions that use to provide useful functionality while hiding the crypto mining scripts in the background with a user’s acknowledge. Particularly, the mining scripts hold CPU resources and that impact on performance and power consuming.
“This policy is another step forward in ensuring that Chrome users can enjoy the benefits of extensions without exposing themselves to hidden risks”.
However, there is a clear picture that Google’s requirements seem to be more précised. The firm will scrutinize extensions closely with mining tools.
In month previous month, it was confirmed by Twitter that it is prohibiting crypto ads. Similarly, in January Facebook banned all crypto ads including Bitcoin and ICOs. Thus, Google halted crypto ads in the month of March.