The world has never been as crazy about cryptocurrency as it is now, and all signs show this is just the beginning. Miners have become so crypto-craze that all ethics have been thrown out of the windows.
Previously, when you went all online, all you had to worry about is a hacker trying to steal your identity, install some ransomware on your computer or spy on you. Well, on that list of things to worry about when you go online, you can now add cryptocurrency miners using your CPU without your permission.
You can tell someone else is using your computer for crypto-mining by the CPU overclocking more than it should with respect to the numbers and weight of the apps you are currently running. If you think the high CPU clocking you are experiencing is unwarranted based on the apps you are currently running, there is a possibility you are not the only person using your computer at that time.
Things just got worse
“The trick is that although the visible browser windows are closed, there is hidden one that remains opened. This is due to a pop-under which is sized to fit right under the taskbar and hides behind the clock,” explains Malwarebytes.
Crypto-Miners cause no damage in the strictest sense
You might find it hard to believe that crypto-miners in the strictest sense pose no danger to your online safety and security. Some of them would say they have no interest in snooping in your files and activities both online and offline on your computer. They are just interested in using part of your CPU to mine them some cryptos; well, without your permission of course!
Nonetheless, it does not make it ethical or legal, and they are actually trespassing on your own piece of property, your CPU, computer resources, and broadband. For that reason they should be stopped and even arrested, for that reason, security firms have begun blocking Coinhive, which was initially designed as a legitimate initiative.
“Forced mining (no opt-in) is a bad practice, and any tricks like the one detailed in this blog are only going to erode any confidence some might have had in mining as an ad replacement,” writes Malwarebytes on its blog post.
“Unscrupulous website owners and miscreants alike will no doubt continue to seek ways to deliver drive-by mining, and users will try to fight back by downloading more adblockers, extensions, and other tools to protect themselves. If malvertising wasn’t bad enough as it, now it has a new weapon that works on all platforms and browsers.”