At the end of last week, Google experts were forced to suspend indefinitely publishing and updating any commercial Chrome extensions. The fact is that the Chrome Web Store has a large number of paid extensions seen in fraudulent transactions. According to Google, the growth of this activity began in early January 2020.
The ban on publishing and updating affected all paid extensions without exception. So, the restrictions apply to extensions for Chrome, which require payment before installation; extensions that work on the basis of monthly subscriptions; extensions in which one-time in-app purchases are active to gain access to various functions.
Google experts reassure developers, saying that the ban is only a temporary measure, while the company is working on a long-term solution to the problem of such abuses. However, it is not yet clear how long the temporary ban will last – no specific dates are given in the company.