Over 2500 websites mining cryptocurrency on users' CPUs

Cryptojacking is now a thing, with over 2500 websites mining on users' CPUs without them knowing.

@anthony256
Published Thu, Nov 9 2017 8:30 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

The list of websites that are mining cryptocurrency on users' CPUs is growing, with the phenomenon seeing the creation of the term 'cryptojacking' to fit this new hijacking of users' computers.

Over 2500 websites mining cryptocurrency on users' CPUs | TweakTown.com

The Pirate Bay were one of the first with a javascript-based cryptocurrency miner, but were followed by others that jumped onto the lets-use-our-readers-CPU-for-mining bandwagon. There are people out there that agree with letting the website mine on your CPU while you're visiting the site, if the ads are completely disabled.

But then there's the concern of having multiple websites open in different tabs all trying to secure your CPU resources at once, it could cause problems. ArsTechnica is now reporting that th ere are at least 2500 websites that have embedded cryptocurrency miners that are hidden away from users.

One of the pillars of users' PCs being hijacked for crypto mining is Coinhive, which is a company that sells easy-to-integrate cryptocurrency miners into websites, giving site owners a nice boost in income.

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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