In recent days, internet users have found that visiting some websites could result in significant spike in CPU usage as these sites were using visitors’ CPU to mine cryptocurrencies. First the popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay used the codes to mine cryptocurrencies. And now, recent reports have revealed that hackers have targetd popular fact-checking website Politifact for cryptomining.
The firm said, “220 sites may not seem like a lot. But CoinHive was launched less than one month ago, on the 14th of September, The problem with in-browser mining is not that it’s a bad thing by itself. There are no good and bad tools and technologies, but there are good and bad ways to use them.”
“Actually, such a practice could make mining even more ethical than ads. After all, nobody asks us if we would like to see ads on a website Mining parasitizes the user’s CPU, where ads parasitize the user’s attention, emotions, bandwidth, and often, their laptop or smartphone battery, and supports an industry of personal data harvesting that is a big headache in itself.”
“The CoinHive team has issued a statement calling on website operators to inform their users about the mining operations and to ask for user permission to do this. However, we believe that it is very hard for them to force this recommendation into action; for example, they cannot forbid stealth mining.”
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