Friday, December 16, 2022
Microsoft doesn't want anyone attempting to mine cryptocurrency in its Azure data centers unless they ask and receive written permission to do so first.
As The Register reports(Opens in a new window), on Dec. 1, Microsoft quietly updated(Opens in a new window) the Acceptable Use Policy for its range of Azure Services and Dynamic 365 Services to make it clear cryptocurrency mining is prohibited. The exact line reads as follows:
"Neither Customer, nor those that access an Online Service through Customer, may use an Online Service: to mine cryptocurrency without Microsoft’s prior written approval."
Microsoft isn't making a big deal about promoting this policy tweak, but in a Partner Community post(Opens in a new window) yesterday, Microsoft Channel Sales Lead, CEE Multi-Country Daniil Biktimirov said the policy was updated so as to "explicitly prohibit mining for cryptocurrencies across all Microsoft Online Services."
Microsoft also told The Register it made the change to protect customers across all its services, because "crypto currency mining can cause disruption or even impairment to Online Services and its users and can often be linked to cyber fraud and abuse attacks such as unauthorized access to and use of customer resources."
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