Google to Protect Its Users From Cryptojacking
October 3, 2018 1:06 pm
Cryptojacking has become one of the major issues in the cryptocurrency space. Individuals, crypto exchanges, companies have been losing their funds due to these issues. Google has recently announced that it is going to protect Chrome users from Cryptojacking. The search engine has made stricter rules for Chrome extension developers. The move is taken to decrease the risk of crypto hacks and mining malware.
Google published a blog on Monday announcing its move towards protecting its users from Cryptojacking. The technology company has planned some changes to the way Chrome handles extensions that require extensive permissions. The search engine is tightening the rules for developers distributing extensions via the Chrome Web Store.
Google stated in its blog that it is crucial that users trust extensions they install. These extensions need to be safe, privacy and perform well. Users needs have full transparency about the scope of their extensions’ capabilities and data access.
‘Chrome 70’ provides the ability to its users to restrict an extension’s access to a custom list of sites. Users can also set extensions to ask permission each time they need to access a specific page. Extensions that request additional permissions would be subjected to additional compliance review.
The company stated that it is observing the extensions that use remotely hosted code with ongoing monitoring. Google will no longer accept extension those contain hidden or obfuscated code. The company has provided 90 days to comply with the new rule for existing extensions those have obfuscated code.
“This is no longer acceptable given the aforementioned review process changes.”
Recently, Google banned cryptocurrency mining extension that existed in browsers.
Mr. James Wagner Google’s product manager stated:
“Unfortunately, 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with Google’s policies and have been either rejected or removed from the store.”