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YouTube Served Ads which Hijacked Visitor’s CPU to Mine Cryptocurrency

While Cryptocurrency craze isn’t something new, different websites over last couple of months have started using their visitor’s CPU to mine digital cryptocurrencies. Earlier last year, The Pirate Bay started mining Moreno using malicious script that would result in unusual spike in processor usage. While you might not expect YouTube to start mining cryptocurrency using similar approach, recently it was revealed that several ads were targeting users to mine Moreno using the platform.

This latest news comes after earlier this week reports started surfacing that some users were noticing unusual CPU usage as antivirus programs were detecting cryptocurrency mining scripts on the site. While Google didn’t participate in the practice, researchers from Trend Micro have revealed that some ads on the site have caused the unusual activity as several advertisers behind DoubleClick Ad platform were using the scripts for mine cryptocurrency. One of the researchers from the firm has pointed out that as users tend to spend more time on the site, these advertisers targeted them in order to mine cryptocurrency.

Shortly afterwards, Google released a statement to note that the practice is a form of abuse that violates the company’s policy and terms of use. The company noted, “In this case, the ads were blocked in less than two hours and the malicious actors were quickly removed from our platforms.”

At the moment, it is unclear how long the ads ran over the platform as Trend Micro revealed  that many ads appeared over the platform as much as for a week. However, Google has revealed that it is actively monitoring the use to avoid such occurrence in future.

Image: Flickr/Rego Korosi

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