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The Pirate Bay AGAIN Caught Mining Cryptocurrency Using Your CPU Power

fossBytes 2018-07-04 20:56:46

Last year, when The Pirate Bay was first caught mining cryptocurrency without notifying the users, it created lost of havoc in the pirate community. While some supported the decision by calling it a way to assist the website operations, others expressed concern.

The Monero cryptocurrency miner has been found to make an appearance once again, according to TorrentFreak. As per a user who was trying to upload torrents to The Pirate Bay, his CPU got “really hot” during the process.

Upon inspecting the source code, he found the crypta.js mining script. “Shame we aren’t asked if we want to run it.”

The report suggests that the miner was throttled to 0.9; in the past incidents, it was found to be between 0.6 and 0.8.

While in-browser crypto mining is often cited as a replacement for the intrusive advertisements being served in all nooks and corner of the web, forcing the users to share the CPU processing power without their consent seems little disturbing.

How to block in-browser mining?

In case you’re also worried about such in-browser mining practices, you can take advantage of options like Chrome extensions, NoScripts blocker, etc. We’ve also prepared a dedicated guide to defeat such measures.

Did you notice such incidents on other websites as well? Share your experiences and keep reading Fossbytes.