Google has banned cryptocurrency mining browser extensions from the Chrome store.
The U.S. tech giant announced its decision on Monday, and said that in July it will start removing existing browser extensions that facilitate mining. Other blockchain-related extensions are still allowed.
Google previously permitted Chrome mining extensions as long as they were solely dedicated to mining and explicitly informed users of their purpose. But that policy wasn't enough to deter or keep out noncompliant add-ons.
Forum posts from The Chromium Projects – an open-source initiative started by Google to furnish source code for Chrome – show that developers have been concerned about mining extensions since last autumn.
"The key to maintaining a healthy extensions ecosystem is to keep the platform open and flexible," James Wagner, Google's extensions platform product manager told Wired. "This empowers our developers to build creative and innovative customizations for Chrome browser users." He explained further:
Clandestine cryptocurrency mining has become increasingly common in recent months, with governments and major companies alike suffering from attacks.
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