If you go to The Pirate Bay, they’ll use your computer to mine cryptocurrency
YOUR CPU IS IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE.
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.
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.