Norton installs Ethereum cryptominer through its 360 security suite

Norton has faced criticism for including a cryptocurrency mining program in its 360 security suite. While Norton has been planning to include the software, the move has drawn a lot of backlash. Norton claimed that the miner was safe and secure, but the move raised concerns about the mechanics and ethics behind it.

Norton Crypto is turned off by default, but many users simply don’t like to install it for a variety of reasons, including possible security issues, doubts, aversion to encryption, or environmental issues. There are also concerns that miners cannot be easily uninstalled. Can a malware app hijack the software and point it at the hacker’s wallet? If it happened to Norton (a security suite provider), anything is possible.

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The program mines Ethereum into a pool of other Norton users. The point of the rose-colored glasses is that with easy-to-use software from trusted software developers, users who are not crypto-savvy can easily take their first steps into the crypto ecosystem. Given the proliferation of suspected crypto-malware, this is understandable, and some would say, a positive development.