Google has taken down the Archive Poster extension from Google Chrome because of user backlash around this Expansion deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner without the Understanding of its users.
The expansion had over 100,000 users until it had been taken down by Google. A ‘secure’ variant is, although, still available.
As we said, the Chrome extension Archive Poster was captured deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner unknowingly to its customers in the last few updates. Reportedly, this expansion did not request permission to utilise CPU power to mine Monero coins. Archive Poster was previously called a plugin that acts as a mod for Tumblr, allowing users to repost, draft, like posts from another blog’s archive.
Google’s response comes following users alleged the issue of cryptojacking in the inspection section of their Chrome Web shop. Growing popularity of Bitcoin along with other cryptocurrencies has caused unethical practices such as cryptojacking. Mining demands considerable electricity and ends up slowing computers down affected by it. Do note that a ‘Safe’ version of this Archive Poster extension has since surfaced on the Web Store.