Google bans cryptomining Chrome extensions because they refuse to play by the rules

Enlarge / Mining: no longer welcome in Chrome. (credit: Jeremy Buckingham / Flickr)
After a policy that previously permitted them, Google has decided to remove any and all Chrome extensions that mine for cryptocurrencies after finding that too many …

Enlarge / Mining: no longer welcome in Chrome. (credit: Jeremy Buckingham / Flickr)

After a policy that previously permitted them, Google has decided to remove any and all Chrome extensions that mine for cryptocurrencies after finding that too many developers didn't play by the company's rules.

Google allowed Chrome extensions that performed mining with the proviso that the extensions clearly disclosed that they performed mining and performed no activity but mining. About 10 percent of extensions that mined within the browser followed these rules, but some 90 percent didn't. Instead, they mined surreptitiously, driving up people's electricity bills and running down their batteries without any informed consent on the user's behalf.

In response to this continued misbehavior, Google has decided to ban any and all cryptomining extensions. Effective immediately, the Chrome Web Store will no longer accept any extensions that mine for cryptocurrencies and, starting in June, will remove any existing extensions that mine.

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FTC Releases Alert on Tax Identity Theft

Original release date: April 03, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are offering consumers a new way to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online. Tax-related identity theft happens when some…

Original release date: April 03, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are offering consumers a new way to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your Social Security number to file a tax return and claims your refund. To report such a theft, go to IdentityTheft.gov.

NCCIC encourages consumers to review the FTC Alert and the NCCIC Tip Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft.


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