The Chrome Web Store is full of scammy crypto-currency miners, and Google doesn’t plan to remove them until June.
That’s right: June.
Google today announced they are removing extensions that mine currency without user permission, which is great. But scammy extensions like CryptoTab, shown above, remain in the store. It’s hard enough to make a profit mining Bitcoin using a gaming PC, because of electricity costs. It’s hard to imagine a browser-based extension, which doesn’t have access to your GPU, even coming close to that. Basically there’s no good reason for this extension to exist, and on top of everything there’s a pyramid-type referral scheme.
There are more like this, and they all get to hang around until June. Here’s James Wagner, Extensions Platform Product Manager, writing for the official Chromium Blog:
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.
Seriously, Google? Why wait? These extensions aren’t useful, and several include scammy pyramid schemes. Get rid of them now.
Look, browser extensions are a nightmare, but the Chrome Web Store was supposed to make that better by filtering out harmful things. I’m glad the cryptojacking is gone, but scammy stuff like this staying on through June leaves a bad taste in my mouth.