Earlier in the day, Google has made an announcement via a new post on the Chromium blog which states that the world’s most popular search engine will no longer accept any new cryptocurrency mining extensions on its Chrome browser’s web store.
This decision was taken in wake of recent discoveries where Chrome extensions that utilize malicious code to fleece cryptocurrency mining capabilities have been found in the Chrome web store.
These malicious codes make use of the computing energy of an individual’s PC to mine for coins out of sight. This can also seriously affect the performance of an individual’s PC.
James Wagner, Chrome Extensions Product Manager revealed: “Right until now, Chrome Web Store policy has allowed cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s sole purpose, and the user is kept well informed about the mining behaviour.”
He also said, “Unfortunately, nearly 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have tried to upload on Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies and have been excluded or taken down from the store.”
Wagner also made an announcement in which he said: “As of today (3rd April), Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency.” He also added,“Pre-Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency would be delisted from the Chrome Web Store somewhere in the later stages of June.”
This announcement shouldn’t come as a major surprise as Chrome is not the first when it comes to cracking down on blockchain-related products. As major social media giants like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, and Mailchimp have all announced bans on ads promoting cryptocurrencies and initial coin Offerings (ICOs).
Although Google has announced a ban on cryptocurrency related blockchain use, however, the company did clearly mention that blockchain implementation unrelated to mining are safe for now.
According to the Chrome Extension platform Product Manager, he announced the following,
“Extensions related to blockchain purposes other than mining will continue in the Web Store.”
“The extension stage gives effective capacities that have empowered our developer community to construct an energetic inventory of expansions that enable our users to get the most out of Chrome”.
“Unfortunately, these same abilities have lured in vindictive software developers who endeavour to abuse the platform at the expense of clients.
“This policy is another progression forward in guaranteeing that Chrome users can enjoy the advantages of extension without being exposed to hidden dangers.”