Google’s Ban on Chrome Extension that uses Obfuscated Code, Likely to Affect Cryptojackers
Google announced Today five new rules for the Chrome Web Store, the portal where users go to download Chrome extensions and these new rules are likely to affect crypto-jackers.
Aside from the security implications, obfuscated code, which the post describes as “mainly used to conceal code functionality,” “adds a great deal of complexity” to the process of reviewing extensions for approval.
The new rules are primarily meant to prevent malicious extensions from reaching the Web Store, but also to reduce the amount of damage they do client-side.
Google will also require developer accounts on the Chrome Web Store to have enrolled in Google’s two-step verification system, which should reduce the risk of compromised extensions being published.
Extensions are a great way to increase the capabilities of your web browser, but they can also be the source of problems. Malicious extensions can be a serious headache, and this is something that Chrome users know more than most.
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