Google Chrome engineers are considering adding a special browser permission that will thwart the rising trend of in-browser cryptocurrency miners.
Discussions on the topic of in-browser miners have been going on the Chromium project's bug tracker since mid-September when Coinhive, the first such service, launched.
To Bleeping Computer's knowledge, there have been at least two complaints (bug reports) from concerned Chrome users that did not like having their resources hijacked by in-browser miners.
"Here's my current thinking," Ojan Vafai, a Chrome engineering working on the Chromium project, wrote in one of the recent bug reports.
Discussions on this bug report are still ongoing, and Vafai's suggestion has not been formally approved, even if another engineer thought it a good idea.
"We cannot, realistically, fingerprint and block this pattern of computation," said Adam Langley, a Chrome engineering working on the Chromium project. "[W]eb sites will be able to outrun us by mutating the code. Blocking the loading of these scripts is thus something for extensions."