Microsoft prohibits mining of cryptocurrencies on its online services without permission. The American giant is not alone in taking this type of initiative. Google has a similar policy in place, and Amazon’s AWS service bans cryptocurrency mining during its 12-month free trial.
Tech giant Microsoft will not allow its customers to mine cryptocurrency on its online services without prior written permission. This announcement follows an update to its policy that took effect on December 1.
According to the update, neither Customer nor those accessing an Online Service through Customer may use an Online Service for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency without Microsoft’s prior written permission. The company has not given any further explanation for this ban. However, in an update on Azure – its cloud computing platform – Microsoft said that cryptocurrency mining is prohibited in all online services.
The case with Google and Amazon
This is not the first time a tech giant has banned crypto mining from its online platform. Google has a similar policy in place that prohibits mining without the company’s prior written permission. Last year, Google said most “malicious actors” used compromised cloud accounts to mine cryptocurrency. Earlier in 2022, Google added a malware threat detection service. This service applies to compromised accounts in its cloud service.
Amazon’s AWS service also prohibits cryptocurrency mining during its 12-month free trial. Customers may be charged fees if they choose to mine on AWS and may have their account suspended. Microsoft’s ban was first reported by The Register.
Earlier this year, the Microsoft-owned video game Minecraft banned NFTs in their games. In confirming this choice, Microsoft wants to ensure that players have a safe and inclusive experience.
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