Browser Mining Spreading Rapidly, 500 Million Computers Affected

In September, users of The Pirate Bay discovered that the popular torrent site was running Coinhive, a javascript code that mines Monero (XMR) on visitor’s computers. The incident brought to light the use of such scripts, which are growing in use globally across the web. Although not as malicious as traditional malware, these mining scripts use a computer’s CPU without the owner’s consent, a practice that has been termed “cryptojacking.”

The proliferation of mining scripts has been rapid. Thousands of websites are now believed to be running them, with an estimated five hundred million web-connected computers impacted. In addition to The Pirate Bay, Coinhive has been found on politifact.com, and websites of the Showtime television network. All known scripts mine Monero, and use a computer’s CPU while a specific web page is open. Most users are unaware that their computer is being used for mining, as the scripts run in the background and give no indication of their presence…

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