Tuesday, April 3rd 2018

Google to Remove Cryptomining Extensions from Its Store

In a continued crackdown from regulatory and tech companies alike, Google has just announced an addendum to their purge of all manner of cryptocurrency or mining-related content that they deem may be dangerous for users. After the company went through the trouble of establishing clear guidelines on what exactly would be classified as an acceptable cryptocurrency and cryptomining extension on its store (basically, what Google wanted was transparency from the part of the developers as to what the extension would do with users' hardware resources), and seeing those warnings and guidelines fall on deaf ears, Google has taken, again, the nuke approach: they're just banning all related content and extensions from their store altogether.

Apparently, some 90% of cryptomining-related applications that were added (or tried to be added) to the Chrome store failed to comply with these single transparency rules: cryptomining as the single purpose of the app (for developers not to be able to obfuscate mining operations under the guise of other functions) adequate information for users about the behavior of the app. "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," Google said. "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." Sources: Chromium Blog, via TechSpot
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12 Comments on Google to Remove Cryptomining Extensions from Its Store

#6
Fabio
disgrace and curse among the miners, greedy scum
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#7
windwhirl
Cryptomining extensions were a thing?? F***ing bastards.

Has this happened in Firefox too? I mean developing these kind of addons and publishing them on Mozilla's own Addons site...
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#9
yotano211
Die idiots who dont know what mining or how to use it.
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#10
megamanxtreme
yotano211, post: 3823360, member: 103073"
Die idiots who dont know what mining or how to use it.
Woah, now. Everyone that has replied is against the practice of mining, and wish for its death. You are clearly talking about people dying.
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#11
R-T-B
TheDeeGee, post: 3823315, member: 108032"
DIEEEEE!!! MINING!!!
Mining in extensions needs to die for certain. But a death toll for mining in general this is not.

yotano211, post: 3823360, member: 103073"
Die idiots who dont know what mining or how to use it.
Don't kill them, educate.

megamanxtreme, post: 3823382, member: 133503"
You are clearly talking about people dying.
I agree he worded it badly, but pretty sure he meant it more along the lines of "die, stupidity!"
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#12
Jism
Fabio, post: 3823337, member: 175032"
disgrace and curse among the miners, greedy scum
This is no different then ransomeware.
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