Apple’s App Store officially bans cryptocurrency mining
Apple’s App Store officially bans cryptocurrency mining
Industry Apple Prohibits Crypto Mining in Apps with New Guidelines John Mc Mahon
12 June, 2018, 14:51
Mac and iOS users haven't been targeted as much as web servers and Windows users, who've taken the brunt of most coinmining malware campaigns, but Apple has seen at least one incident in March when a cryptocurrency miner slipped on the Mac App Store inside the Calendar 2 app by Qbix.
Apple's concerns about cryptocurrency mining stem from power efficiency.
As bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December 2017, Appleunveiled a new section of guidelines specific to cryptocurrencies and ICOs on December 20. As per Apple Insider, Apple's crypto-related guidelines were originally created in 2014 after the app store unlisted Coinbase and other cryptocurrency apps stating some unresolved issue. The former says that apps "may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining". In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the cloud or otherwise off-device.
In sticking with the original mandate, only mainstream banks and similar financial institutions will be allowed to develop and publish apps enabling crypto futures trading and initial coin offerings, Apple said.
The change, which was only noticed on Monday, was likely driven by concerns over cryptocurrency mining draining device batteries. On macOS, however, users will continue to be able to acquire apps outside of the Mac App Store, enabling mining and other activities to continue without Apple's seal of approval.
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