Chrome Web Store bans extensions mining cryptocurrency

Updated:8 months, 1 week ago IST

New Delhi, Apr 05 (ANI): In the wake of the rising popularity of cryptocurrencies in the recent past, tech giant Google announced that hereafter, Chrome Web Store will not accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency. However, the company in a blog post clarified that extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store. "As the extensions ecosystem continues to evolve, we remain focused on empowering developers to build innovative experiences while keeping our users as safe as possible. Over the past few months, there has been a rise in malicious extensions that appear to provide useful functionality on the surface, while embedding hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts that run in the background without the user's consent. These mining scripts often consume significant CPU resources, and can severely impact system performance and power consumption," the company argued. On a related note, existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be de-listed from the Chrome Web Store in late June.

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