Crypto mining apps banned in Google Play Store but some are still available

29 Aug, 2018
by Ryan McInally
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Crypto mining apps banned in Google Play Store but some are still available

According to a report released by the Next Web, many cryptocurrency mining applications still exist in Google’s Play Store - despite a widespread ban.

As we previously reported in July, Google updated its developer policy to stop applications from being created that mine digital tokens or coins. According to Google’s amended policy, they state that “we don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices."

Google gave developers thirty days to comply with their policies, and that time is up and several apps still remain on the Play Store, thus signalling that Google was willing to show their teeth, but not necessarily use them.

According to the Next Web’s report they found eight applications, three of which are now removed - including NeoNeonMiner, Crypto Miner PRO, Pickaxe Miner and Pocket Miner are still available on the Play Store.

Google also announced that it removed mining extensions from its Chrome Web Store in April as “90 percent” had failed to comply with Google’s policies. The move was prompted by various “Cryptojacking” reports that occurred within a short period of time. Cryptojacking involves a person having software unknowingly downloaded to their computer for the purpose of utilizing their devices’ hardware to mine cryptocurrencies.  

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