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Showtime busted mining Monero on visitors' CPUs

Another site caught mining Monero on consumers' CPUs
By: Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining News | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:00 am

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 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.


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