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谷歌将禁止所有加密货币挖矿扩展程序进入Chrome商店

北京时间4月3日凌晨,谷歌在Chromium博客中发文称,该公司将不允许任何新的加密数字货币“挖矿”扩展程序进入Chrome浏览器的网络商店,而此前已经进入了这个商店的挖矿扩展程序也将在不久之后被移除。

谷歌Play Store应用商店中已有大量基于数字加密技术的虚假应用,这些应用以“抢劫”下载者、获取用户数据或秘密为第三方开采加密数字货币而闻名。而现在看来类似的问题已在Chrome Store网络商店中浮出水面,有些挖矿扩展程序未遵守谷歌的相关政策。

谷歌在博文中称:“到目前为止,Chrome Web Store的政策允许上传加密数字货币挖矿扩展程序,前提为挖矿是其唯一用途,并需就挖矿行为向用户发出适当的通知。不幸的是,在开发者尝试向Chrome Web Store上传的带有挖矿脚本的扩展程序中,约有90%都并未遵循这些政策,因此已被拒绝进入该商店或已被移除。从今天开始,Chrome Web Store将不再接受开采加密数字货币的扩展程序,现有扩展程序将于6月底被下架。区块链相关用途而非挖矿用途的扩展程序则仍可继续上传到Chrome Web Store。”

虽然Facebook、职业社交网站领英(LinkedIn)、Twitter、谷歌、“阅后即焚”通信应用Snapchat和邮件营销工具MailChimp都已禁止对ICO(首次代币发行)或其他区块链相关产品做广告,但谷歌看起来不会对区块链而非挖矿用途的扩展程序“动刀”,这对MetaMask等服务来说是个好消息。

当然,谷歌致力于打击的并非只有明确与挖矿相关的扩展程序。举例来说,号称可“保护浏览”的扩展程序MetaMask被发现在后台秘密开采门罗币(Monero),而该程序的14万余名用户对此毫不知情,更不必说同意其这样做了。

A post on Google’s Chromium blog today makes it clear: The search giant won’t allow any new cryptocurrency mining extensions on its browser’s web store, and those already on it will soon get the boot.

Google’s Play Store has been laden with phony crypto-based apps that have developed a reputation for robbing the people who download them, harvesting their data, or mining coins for some third party in secret. It seems related problems have cropped up with non-compliant extensions in the Chrome Store.

As the post diplomatically states (emphasis ours):

Until now, Chrome Web Store policy has permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s single purpose, and the user is adequately informed about the mining behavior. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store.

[...]

Starting today, Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency. Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June. Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store.

While bans on advertising for ICOs or other blockchain-related products have been adopted by Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, and most recently MailChimp, for the time being, Google appears to be leaving extensions with blockchain purposes unrelated to mining alone. That’s good news for services like MetaMask, which has become a backbone service of sorts for Ethereum-based applications.

Of course, it’s not just explicitly mining-related extensions Google has been playing whack-a-mole with. SafeBrowse, a “protect browsing” extension, was found to be secretly mining Monero in the background without its 140,000+ users’ knowledge or consent.

According to Google, any mining extensions already in the Chrome Store will be removed in June.


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