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PolitiFact hacked, mining cryptocurrency on users' PCs

Yet another site caught mining cryptocurrency, with PolitiFact joining the fray
By Anthony Garreffa from Oct 15, 2017 @ 20:19 CDT

It is the new rage of 2017 to have your website mining Monero, or other forms of cryptocurrency, riding users' CPUs to make money. There's a good way of doing this, and a bad way... but now PolitiFact is joining in on the crypto mining fun, unintentionally.

 

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PolitiFact visitors have noticed that their CPUs are being used, thanks to the site's JavaScript code being hacked. The site has confirmed with TechCrunch that they've removed the code, and is now working out how it happened. With 3.2 million page views per month, they'd be making a pretty penny from people looking to the site for legitimate content.

 

PolitiFact's hacked JavaScript code used CoinHive, which has been used before as they're a third-party service that uses users' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency. Hijacked CPUs mining cryptocurrency seems to be all the rage right now, and I don't think it's going to slow down.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com


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