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MetaMask Google Extension Suddenly Gets Dropped From The Chrome Store

As per a tweet from the official MetaMask team, its popular Ethereum interfacing application was suddenly removed from the Google Chrome web store.

For the uninitiated, MetaMask is an innovative plugin that allows its users to run and interact with Ethereum decentralized applications (DApps), requiring nothing but your browser and an internet connection. Many DApps and Ethereum-based consumer platforms or games utilize MetaMask as the main interface. For example, a decentralized exchange like IDEX allows you to sign in using your MetaMask account, utilizing the extension for ease-of-use in exchange transactions.

The extension can also be used as a secure wallet, allowing users to manage multiple “identities” (wallets) through its easy-to-use system.

The team behind the piece of software put it best when they stated:

Our mission is to make Ethereum as easy to use for as many people as possible.

However, as aforementioned, it was revealed that the application had been delisted from the Chrome web store, with the MetaMask team noting that they weren’t too sure why this had occurred. Issuing a PSA on the matter, the MetaMask team wrote:

PSA: MetaMask has been delisted from the Chrome Web Store. We are unsure of why this is the case and we will update everyone as we get more information. All other browsers are unaffected.

According to a tweet following the PSA, those who have the extension installed should not be affected by the Chrome delisting, with this change only affecting users who are or were looking to download MetaMask.

However, the team made it clear that they are trying to resolve this issue, most likely working with their in-house and Google Chrome developers to restore the plugin to the web store of the largest web browser in the world.

It is also important to note that the MetaMask extension is still available for users of the Firefox, Opera, and the crypto-centric Brave browsers.

MetaMask Removal Met With Confusion And Outrage

Due to the fact that this extension is used by thousands, if not tens of thousands of users, the announcement was quickly met with confusion and outrage aimed at Google Chrome.

One Twitter user said “It is time for revolution,” garnering a lot of community support in the form of tweet likes. This level of support indicates that many see this move as a hand-picked move taken against a cryptocurrency-related piece of software in a bid to beat down the crypto industry.

While another user, while not being as cynical as the other user, believed that this was an automated process that banned MetaMask due to keywords that affiliate it with crypto mining add-ons, which are banned by the Chrome web store.

For now, Chrome users looking to download MetaMask will need to stick to an alternative method proposed by the startup, requiring users to undertake some technical steps to add the extension to their browser.

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Google Ban Thickens, Removes Crypto Mining Scripts From Chrome Store

Google has revealed it is banning all forms of mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store, saying it has it has already blocked 90% of Chrome browser cryptocurrency mining extensions due to their non-compliance to Google policy. The move, according to observer is to guard against cryptojacking.

Google’s recent announcement is coming after Facebook, Twitter and Mailchimp maintained their ban on Crypto-related advertisement saying they all aim at regulating the cyberspace from fraudulent ads.

On April 2nd, 2018, Google declared there will be no new cryptocurrency mining extensions on the Chrome Store.

“As the extensions ecosystem continues to evolve, we remain focused on empowering developers to build innovative experiences while keeping our users as safe as possible.”

The statement added that any remaining extension will be removed from the store in June. Google says it noticed increasing malicious extension with people thinking they are useful, not knowing they usurp a great amount of CPU resources, thereby lowering the functions and performance of the system without the user knowing.

“Over the past few months, there has been a rise in malicious extensions that appear to provide useful functionality on the surface, while embedding hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts that run in the background without the user’s consent.”

Google had in the past agreed that designer upload mining extension on Chrome Store only if users of the extension were informed of the activities and if the apps were used for mining alone. However, most of the applications fall below the stipulated policy of Google.

According to the Chromium post, “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.”

The new policy, according to Google will give opportunity to users to use the store without exposing themselves to risks.

“This policy is another step forward in ensuring that Chrome users can enjoy the benefits of extensions without exposing themselves to hidden risks.”

There seems to be a complete clamp down on cryptocurrencies and ICO, especially with big advertisement companies, claiming through body languages, that they pose more threat to users.

Many a number of observers are of the opinion that cryptocurrencies needs regulations to make them reliably acceptable without the need for fear.

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Beware: Mining Malware Inserted in Google Chrome Plugin

Monero is all the time utilized for criminal purposes, yet this doesn’t mean it is itself bad – it simply has great technological advancements that can be utilized by lawbreakers to conceal their tracks. That is why this special Google Chrome plugin intended for URL shortening (such as TinyURL in mechanics), was infected with Coinhive, a script that mines Monero.

For this situation, we owe our appreciation to Alessandro Polidori, a very much talented programmer who effectively figured out how to discover the threat source after getting a warning from Intrusion Prevention System composed by Nethserver.

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In the event that you don’t have decent detection tools, latent in-browser mining can be killed by reinstalling the browser or essentially shutting the website page that gets too much resources of your PC (this can be checked from the Task Manager in we talk about Windows). Soon, major antiviruses will figure out how to battle this threat even more effectively, but for now, it’s better to follow the news about latent miners and malvertising – a process when a good website is injected with a cryptocurrency mining malware and therefore turns into the hackers’ tool of stealing resources.


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