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Google has banned Cryptojacking extensions from Chrome

90% of all Extensions with Cryptomining code didn't comply with Google's policies

Google has banned Cryptojacking extensions from Chrome

Google has banned Cryptojacking extensions from Chrome

One of the most popular additions to modern web browsers is their ability to offer extended functions through the use of 3rd party applications, improving the web browsing experience of countless internet users.    

In recent years cryptojacking has become increasingly common in these applications, using system resources to mine cryptocurrency without the end user knowing about it. At a minimum, these extensions increase a PC's thermal output and power consumption, and at worst they can make a PC cripplingly slow, stealing all of a system's CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrencies like Monero. 

In their Chromium Blog, Google has announced that they have banned cryptocurrency mining extensions from the Chrome Web store, with plans to remove all existing extensions that include minders in June. Extensions which serve other blockchain-related purposes will still be allowed on the store, but dedicated mining apps will no longer be permitted. 

Until now, 90% of all Chrome extensions with mining scripts have failed to comply with Google's Chrome policies, often attempting to mine cryptocurrencies without the user's knowledge or consent, making these extensions more like malware than a feature extension for Chrome.  

 

    Until now, Chrome Web Store policy has permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s single purpose, and the user is adequately informed about the mining behavior. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store.

Starting today, Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency. Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June. Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store.

Google has banned Cryptojacking extensions from Chrome


This change won't stop Cryptojecking extensions from being installed by Chrome users entirely, as extensions can be installed from outside of Google's Chrome Web Store, though it will prevent a lot of users from accidentally installing malicious mining software. 

While many will argue that Google should have taken steps against this sooner, it is undeniable that that is a positive move for the platform. 

You can join the discussion on Google's ban on Cryptojacking extensions on their Chrome Web Store on the OC3D Forums

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03-04-2018, 10:24:45

RobM
good, if miners wanna mine fair enough but swindling other to mine for them is not onQuote

03-04-2018, 14:32:55

grassman
People are being way to PC about this, Would you rather be propagandized with ads or let someone mine on 10% of your CPU?

Marketers and big business have to much power over the every day man, this destroys that power.Quote

03-04-2018, 14:46:14

Dark NighT
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Originally Posted by grassman View Post
People are being way to PC about this, Would you rather be propagandized with ads or let someone mine on 10% of your CPU?

Marketers and big business have to much power over the every day man, this destroys that power.
The internet been doing just fine without this hijacking of cpu's and increasing our electricity bills for their own gains without permission or even being transparant about it, it isnt right and im glad Google puts a stop to it.Quote

03-04-2018, 14:51:12

grassman
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
The internet been doing just fine without this hijacking of cpu's and increasing our electricity bills for their own gains without permission or even being transparant about it, it isnt right and im glad Google puts a stop to it.
You are missing the point..

Of course google put a stop to it, If someone creates a youtube/google competitor based on mining revenue rather than ad revenue it will destroy them fast.

As my original post stated would you rather have a service that survives based on the will of corporate whores or would you rather give up 10% of CPU resources.Quote

03-04-2018, 15:09:39

NeverBackDown
losing ad revenue will destroy them fast? I don't think you know much about where googles money comes from then. They make there money off data.Quote
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