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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New malware used by hackers to mine digital coins is now aggressively infecting PCs. It attaches itself to critical system services in Windows, thus any manual attempt to stop the mining will trigger the Blue Screen of Death.
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Visitors on Salon.com that don't want to see advertisements have two options: purchase the paid mobile app for Android and iOS, or let the company mine digital coins on your PC to secure revenue lost from the use of ad blockers.
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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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