By Paul Wagenseil 09 November Nearly 2, websites force visitors to 'mine' cryptocurrency, but there are easy ways to avoid becoming a victim.
Nearly 2, websites worldwide are infected or deliberately rigged with browser code that hijacks your computer's processors to "mine" cryptocurrency. Image credit: Bitcoin miner android github hacker!
Stay out of my computer! It's a good short-term solution that doesn't affect other scripts or sites, but might not work in the long run if mining software migrates to other code.
Antivirus software doesn't always catch coin-mining scripts, which are legal per se, although Malwarebytes has added Coinhive to its block list.
Doing so will block most ads including oursbut you can usually whitelist websites or scripts according to what you'd like to see. MORE: Best Antivirus Software Websites harboring cryptocurrency-mining code are not a new phenomenon, but they've been growing rapidly in scale over the past couple of months after Coinhive released its easily embeddable code in mid-September. Many high-profile sites, including The Pirate Bay, have added the mining code deliberately to provide an alternative revenue stream and boost the bottom line.
Others, including the Showtime site, Ultimate Fighting Championship and PolitiFact, bitcoin miner android github been infected by criminals looking to make a quick buck.
De Groot said that of the nearly 2, sites he surveyed, 85 percent linked to just two CoinHive accounts, indicating that they'd been hacked by a very small set of criminals. It's not illegal Using Coinhive seems to be perfectly legal as long as you let users opt in.
It's not illegal
It's not clear how legal using it becomes if you don't warn users beforehand. It even has warnings about not using the service for illegal purposes.
But we couldn't find anything on the site or in its website domain registry about the company's location, owners or employees, which is never a good sign.
An Argentine web developer did post some Coinhive code to Github, but he may not be associated with the company. Try it yourself, if you dare Here's a sample of a presumably unwittingly infected website belonging to Subaru's Australian subsidiary, discovered by Ars Technica's Dan Goodin. Your CPU usage will spike, but there shouldn't be any permanent damage after you close the tab.
Don't try it on a Mac, as the site tried to actively install something on ours. A TV news report from Australia details how text messages have led users to install apps that secretly mine cryptocurrency, and Trend Micro found three apps in the Google Play store that mined cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin Miner For Android
We're not sure what you can do to prevent your Android device from being hijacked by a cryptocurrency-mining app, as not all antivirus apps will stop them. But if your phone suddenly seems to be heating up or draining its battery rapidly, delete the most recently added app to see if that solves the problem.