Google’s DoubleClick Ads Used to Distribute Crypto Mining Malware

Security firm TrendMicro stated in a new report that Google’s DoubleClick ad services were used to distribute cryptocurrency mining malware to a number of users in Europe and Asia.

On its Security and Intelligence Blog, the company outlined how CoinHive – a JavaScript program that works in the background of a website and uses a computer’s processing power to mine monero – was distributed by attackers who appropriated Google’s DoubleClick. Significantly, miners like CoinHive operate without a user’s consent or knowledge.

Google’s DoubleClick ad services are also used by YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing service, and the miner impacted a number of users on the site, according to ArsTechnica.

A “separate web miner that connects to a private pool” was also involved in the scheme, according to TrendMicro’s report.

The “malvertisement” incorporated two different web miner scripts in addition to the actual advertisement, according to the report…

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