Google bans browser crypto mining
Google is slapping a ban on extensions on its Chrome browser that secretly mine cryptocurrency. The Chrome Web Store has been allowed currency-mining extensions as long as users were informed about such mining activities. However, Google has discovered that a huge 90% don’t follow the disclosure policies.
The online giant has experienced an uptick in malicious extensions engaging in surreptitious ‘cryptojacking’ in the past few months. Users can notice a significant impact on performance and increased power consumption.
Google says the ban, which will come into effect in July, is a “step forward in ensuring that Chrome users can enjoy the benefits of extensions without exposing themselves to hidden risks”.
The company announced last month that it was planning to ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising in June.