Website can now use your PC for cryptomining after you close your browser
Published: 30th November 2017 | Source: Malwarebytes blog |
Website can now use your PC for crypto mining after you close your browser
This highlights one of the major downsides of cryptocurrency mining, as while it can allow some websites to become ad-free the system is often used without any consent from the user and can infect the user's PC like malware, utilising precious resources until users manually find and eradicate the miner in question.
Malwarebytes also reports that Coinhive has been used to infect servers and some popular plugins with mining code, allowing thousands of systems to be potentially affected by crypto mining software, all to generate profit for hackers.
When it comes to the advent of this new persistent method of browser crypto mining, a miner is run in a new window that is designed to run behind your taskbar at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. This location is typically hidden by a clock on Windows 7, 8 and 10. Closing this pop-up window will solve this crypto mining issue, returning your system to normal.
While the idea of crypto mining to generate revenue online is not necessarily a bad thing, the problems arise when users are forced to do it against their will and without any form of consent. It is expected that this web-based crypto mining craze is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Nearly two months since Coinhive’s inception, browser-based cryptomining remains highly popular, but for all the wrong reasons. 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. History shows us that trying to get rid of ads failed before, but only time will tell if this will be any different.
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 is, now it has a new weapon that works on all platforms and browsers.
You can join the discussion on the growing popularity and pervasiveness of web-based crypto miners on the OC3D Forums.