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Crypto Mining Banned By Microsoft in Azure

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Microsoft has discretely outlawed cryptocurrency mining within its Azure cloud services. Its cloud platform is primarily covered by a modification to its Universal License Terms for Online Services, which stipulates that "cryptocurrency mining is forbidden without prior Microsoft consent." Using the company's services for crypto mining requires formal authorization, according to the article, which also makes it clear that neither customer, nor those that use an online service through customer" are allowed to do so. The policy modification was also noted on the Microsoft Partner Community website in the Azure Solution Area under the heading "Important steps partners must take to secure the partner ecosystem." To "minimize potential fraud damage to your customers' subscriptions," it was mentioned here as one of the changes. Once more, it emphasized that "written pre-approval... provided by Microsoft" was required in order to authorize the usage of its servers for the procurement of digital tokens. [caption id="attachment_72994" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Crypto Mining Banned Image: coinscreed[/caption] The risks that such actions pose to its infrastructure worry Microsoft. In response to a question from The Register, the tech giant stated that cryptocurrency mining "can often be linked to cyber fraud and abuse attacks such as unauthorized access to and use of customer resources," adding that it can "cause disruption or even impairment to online services and its users." Cryptomining "may be considered for testing and research for security detections," they did include a disclaimer. In limiting cryptomining on its cloud platforms, Microsoft is not alone. It is not permitted on Google Cloud, Oracle, or OHVcloud's services, and Amazon Web Services only permits it on its paid subscription tiers. Microsoft has long restricted mining on its free tier, but has only recently expanded the ban to include its premium choices.

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