Google has updated the Play Store Developer Policy page to ban mobile mining apps that mine cryptocurrencies using the computational resources of the devices.
Due to the surge in cryptocurrency prices, many legitimate websites and mobile apps are increasingly using cryptocurrency miners.
Following Apple’s decision of banning cryptocurrency mining apps announced in June, also Google has updated the Play Store Developer Policy page to ban mobile apps that mine cryptocurrencies using the computational resources of the devices.
“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” reads the entry included in the policy.
Google will start to remove any app from the official Play Store that uses a device’s resources for mining operations, but it clarified that “apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency” are not included in the ban.
Mining activities have a dramatic effect on the performance of the device and in some cases, it could also damage it by causing overheat or destroy batteries.
Last month, Google banned cryptocurrency mining extensions from its Chrome Web store after finding many of them abusing users’ resources without consent.
Since January, Facebook also banned ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, and cryptocurrency.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.