Popular Google Chrome Extension Caught Mining Cryptocurrency, Removed From Web Shop

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Google has Removed the Archive Poster extension from Google Chrome because of user backlash around this Expansion deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner without the knowledge of its users. The expansion had over 100,000 users before it had been taken down by Google. A ‘secure’ variant is, although, still available.
As we said, the Chrome expansion Archive Poster had been caught deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner unknowingly to its customers in the past few updates. Reportedly, this expansion didn’t request permission to utilise CPU power to mine Monero coins. Last month, Loapi Trojan was seen by Kaspersky mining the same cryptocurrency on Android phones. Archive Poster was previously called a plugin that functions as a mod for Tumblr, allowing users to repost, draft, such as articles from another site’s archive.

According to the report by BleepingComputer, safety researcher Troy Mursch initially identified that the Coinhive cryptojacking code are found in a JavaScript file present in the following URL: https://c7e935.netlify[.]com/b.js. The report also claims that this concealed cryptojacker was present on at least four previous upgrades of the Archive Poster expansion – from 4.4.3.994 into 4.4.3.998.

Google’s answer comes following users alleged the issue of cryptojacking in the review section of their Chrome Web Store. Growing popularity of Bitcoin along with other cryptocurrencies has caused unethical practices such as cryptojacking. Mining requires considerable power and ends up slowing computers down affected by it. Do note that a ‘Safe’ version of the Archive Poster extension has since surfaced online shop.

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