Almost a billion users ended up involved in secret crypto-coin mining

Specialists at AdGuard Software Limited reported a discovery of secret crypto-currency miners on several large and popular websites. AdGuard software serves to block ads; but growing popularity of secret mining forced developers to increase its functionality and add blocking of miners. According to one of the creators of AdGuard Andrey Meshkov, four large and extremely popular webpages were discovered that have 992 million visits per month altogether. However, visitors have no idea that computing power of their devices is used to generate cryptocurrency.

We are talking about streaming video services Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter. Secret miner Coin Hive that generates Monero cryptocurrency was discovered in the codes of these websites. It should be mentioned that its value in the last month has increased three times from $90 to $300. According to specialists, in one month four of these resources “mined” $326 thousand worth of crypto-coin. However, it’s doubtful that it will be owners of websites that would get the money. Meshkov believes that it were cyber criminals who attacked the servers of the websites and injected miners into the code.


source:  Technical Center of Internet

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