If you go to The Pi­rate Bay, they’ll use your com­puter to mine cryp­tocur­rency

YOUR CPU IS IN FOR A BIG SUR­PRISE.

APC Australia - - Technotes - Paul Tay­lor

The Pi­rate Bay is now util­is­ing your idle CPU to mine for cryp­tocur­rency. Cer­tain pages on the site will cause vis­i­tor’s com­put­ers to work harder as they run an em­bed­ded dig­i­tal-coin miner. Known as the go-to site to il­le­gally tor­rent TV shows and movies, TPB is tri­alling new ways to make money in lieu of paid­for ad­ver­tis­ing.

“As you may have no­ticed, we are test­ing a Monero Javascript miner. This is only a test. We re­ally want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site run­ning,” TPB stated in a blog post at thep­i­rate­bay.org.

The test had been run­ning sur­rep­ti­tiously un­til users no­ticed a dra­matic spike in their CPU’s work­load. Ac­cord­ing to TPB, a ‘small typo’ was to blame, and in­stead of tar­get­ing 20–30% of a vis­i­tor’s pro­cess­ing power to the site, it was set up to utilise as much as it could get. That has now been fixed, and the em­bed­ded miner will only run in one browser tab, even if mul­ti­ple tabs that are on the site are open.

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