Despite a fall in cryptocurrency mining, the Coinhive Monero miner is still highly active, generating around $250,000 each month. Coinhive also contributes 1.18 percent of the total mining power behind the Monero blockchain.
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Trend Micro discovered two variants on the XiaoBa ransomware that carries a cryptocurrency-mining payload. More specifically, it injects the Coinhive script into webpages cached on your PC while browsing the internet.
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On Sunday, someone hacked a popular website plugin and inserted Coinhive's controversial Monero digital coin mining script. More than 4,200 websites used this plugin. One Monero digital coin is worth $238.
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The practice of cryptomining by hijacking a user's CPU without permission to create new currency is expanding rapidly, and the vast majority of sites containing the intrusive software are ones that offer adult content.
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A report claims that more than 2,400 legitimate ecommerce websites are running CoinHive software in the background while visitors shop. Most are believed to be "infected" due to outdated software with known vulnerabilities.
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