Published On: Tue, Jun 12th, 2018

Apple Prohibits Crypto Mining in Apps with New Guidelines

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As crypto mining through apps becomes more prevalent Mac has had to address it in the release of their new guidelines.
Mac Prohibits App Mining in New Guidelines
Crypto mining is way up in 2018 with a reported 4000% increase in Q1. Most of the of the drive by mining malware and techniques can be found on Android and PCs. However, a program called mshelper was found earlier this year which was sucking up processing power and overheating fans and batteries on Mac devices as it surreptitiously mined Monero in the background.
Apple has taken steps to protect its products from malicious mining practices by adding new rules to its developer guidelines so that they now explicitly prohibit malware mining in the background of Mac and iOS Apps as reported by Mashable.
The company had previously included language that inferred the prohibition, saying it was  ‘unacceptable’ for products offered in the App store to enable ‘monetizing built-in capabilities provided by the hardware or operating system.’ The new guidelines specifically identify crypto mining in their description of what is unacceptable, stating:

“Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device …

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