Showtime busted mining Monero on visitors' CPUs

Another site caught mining Monero on consumers' CPUs.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Sep 25 2017 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:54 AM CST

It was only last week that we reported that The Pirate Bay was caught mining Monero coins on visitors' CPUs, but now two of Showtime's websites have been using visitors' CPUs to mine Monero.

Showtime busted mining Monero on visitors' CPUs | TweakTown.com

Showtime has been busted with a script running in the background that hijacks users' CPUs to mine Monero, thanks to the Coinhive miner. Coinhive isn't all bad, as they are trying to push into a market that simply doesn't exist right now: providing a way for websites to run, without using ads.

Coinhive takes 30% of whatever Monero is mined on users' CPUs, while the website keeps the rest.

But did Showtime have the Coinhive script on their website by their own actions? Or did someone hack their site? Gizmodo reached out to Showtime a few times, but the company only replied with "we decline comment", which doesn't bode well.

NEWS SOURCE:gizmodo.com

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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