The internet is currently filled with numerous sites that use the computing power of many users to mine cryptocurrency and ultimately make money for the hacker.
Another website named politifact.com was also found to be hosting what is known as Coinhive scripts earlier in the month of October. This comes with an additional amount of sites also using the same technology to hack users computers. One official from PolitiFact stated that “an unidentified hacker attached a crypto mining script to the PolitiFact code base being stored on a cloud-based server.” The code was swiftly removed and was only active for the users when they were on the site.
The site known as Coinhive was one of the primary sites that was criticized for containing the malware that allowed them to use their user’s computing power. A company that utilizes this software has stated that “the reason we block connive is because there are site owners who do not ask for their users’ permission to start running CPU-gorging applications on their systems. A regular Bitcoin miner could be incredibly simple or a powerhouse, depending on how much computing the user running the miner wants to use.”
The hopes are that this malicious use of software will slow down, and users will be able to choose whether or not their computer is used in mining.