Canonical Says There's No Rules Against Mining Cryptocurrencies through Snaps

Canonical has released a statement to inform the Linux community about the actions it took on the snap package discovered to mine cryptocurrency in the background when it was running.

Last week, users discovered that two of the snap packages uploaded by user Nicolas Tomb in the Snap Store, namely 2048buntu and Hextris, mined cryptocurrency in the background while the applications were running without user’s knowledge. Canonical immediately removed the apps from its Snap Store.

Now, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system is addressing the issue saying it has no rules against mining cryptocurrencies through snap apps if the developer informs users about this. As Nicolas Tomb didn’t inform users that his apps are mining for cryptocurrencies, the apps were removed.

Canonical also said that mining cryptocurrency is not illegal, nor unethical, so the only thing the publisher did wrong is not to inform users … (read more)

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