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Google Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Extensions From Chrome

Google has banned all cryptocurrency mining extensions from Google Chrome. In a blog post, the developers explained that crypto-mining extensions that made their purpose adequately clear to prospective downloaders had been allowed until now. Any extension created for crypto-mining was also barred from having any other function. These two restrictions were meant to prevent the creation of stealth mining extensions. Some websites implement a simple form of cryptojacking by trying to trick visitors into installing such extensions.

Google has found that over 90% of crypto-mining extensions have failed to follow these policies, however, so it’s banning all crypto-mining extensions from Chrome. Mining extensions already on the Chrome Web Store will be removed in June. The developers said the following about their actions:

The extensions platform provides powerful capabilities that have enabled our developer community to build a vibrant catalog of extensions that help users get the most out of Chrome. Unfortunately, these same capabilities have attracted malicious software developers who attempt to abuse the platform at the expense of users. This policy is another step forward in ensuring that Chrome users can enjoy the benefits of extensions without exposing themselves to hidden risks.

This story follows Google’s earlier announcement that the company will soon ban all cryptocurrency-related material from its advertising platforms. Facebook also announced similar plans. With increasing negative press and talk of government regulation, cryptocurrencies have faced some new realities this year. Despite this, the crypto-mining craze hasn’t shown signs of slowing, yet. It has already moved beyond affecting PC hardware markets, and is even affecting some people's power bills already.

  • dabeargrowls
    another reason to use TOR or Firefox. Chrome snoops too much on everyone.
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  • Zaporro
    Great job! Finally someone is acting against this crypto cancer.
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  • therealduckofdeath
    So, they're not all evil at Google...
    Anyhoo, the words in the , and write-up was a bit and , somewhat confusing in the , end? :)
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  • therealduckofdeath
    (edit: I see what made the words look wrong. An ad blocker auto-deletes most of those linked words... Unfortunately, I have to use an ad blocker on your site most of the times as your ads are often breaking the bits on the internet)
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  • 10tacle
    20851717 said:
    Great job! Finally someone is acting against this crypto cancer.

    Oh don't worry. It's only a matter of time before global governments and big banks shut this non-backed fake money crap down. When cryptocurrency is no longer recognized as a valid currency, it will die. And it needs to. There is a reason global currency is backed by government treasuries (interestingly, Chile is the only nation whose currency is still backed by gold unlike the US dollar and Euro).
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