Microsoft has officially banned cryptocurrency use within Azure CloudServices are presented in a somewhat obscure manner.
That Modernization(Opens in a new window) The general license terms for online services, which primarily apply to their cloud platform, state that “cryptocurrency mining is prohibited without Microsoft’s prior approval.”
The publication explains that written consent must be given to use encryption services by the company. It also states that neither the customer nor anyone accessing an online service through the client are allowed to use it.
The policy was also modified Spread(Opens in a new window) In the Azure Solutions area of the Microsoft Partner Community webpage, under the heading “Important actions partners need to take to secure the partner ecosystem”.
It is listed as one of the changes that will “reduce potential fraudulent damages for customer subscriptions.” It reiterated the need for Microsoft’s “pre-written approval…” to authorize the use of its servers in order to acquire digital tokens.
Microsoft is concerned about the potential risks these activities pose for its infrastructure. Answering a question from log(Opens in a new window)The tech giant commented that cryptocurrency mining can “disrupt or even impair online services and their users,” adding that cryptography “can often be linked to cyber fraud and abuse attacks such as unauthorized access to and use of customer resources.”
However, they cautioned that cryptography handling “may be considered to be tested and researched for security detections.”
Microsoft isn’t the only one that restricts encryption on its cloud platforms. Google Cloud, Oracle, OHVcloud, and Amazon Web Services have all banned encryption from their services. Amazon Web Services allows it only under paid subscription tiers.
Microsoft initially banned mining from its free tier. But, it has only recently expanded its policy to include its paid-for options.
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