Google axes popular Chrome extension for secretly mining cryptocurrency
One of the particular strengths of Google’s Chrome browser is the sheer number of extensions that are available for it. So it was probably inevitable that at some stage, a bad actor would try to take advantage of unsuspecting users. Google has responded to reports that the Tumblr extension Archive Poster has been secretly mining the Monero cryptocurrency by pulling the extension from the Chrome Web Store.
While there have been many reports of malicious Android apps getting through Google’s automated app screening process, it is less often that reports emerge of the Chrome Web Store being similarly susceptible to foul play. In this instance, Archive Poster had over 105,000 active users at the time that Google pulled it.