Another day, another prominent website caught mining Monero with user’s CPU resources. This time, it was prominent Portuguese financial publication, Dinheiro Vivo, getting caught, as a ticker showing a benchmark stock market index, PSI-20, had the mining code in it. Ever since The Pirate Bay’s Monero mining experiment, the so-called Cryptojacking trend has been growing.
According to reports, Dinheiro Vivo was mining Monero (XMR) with user’s CPU resources, and it isn’t clear who put the mining code there. The code was found by Reddit users who noticed their computers started slowing down when they were visiting the website. One user even recorded the impact the website had on his machine:
Controversy ensued, given Dinheiro Vivo is a supplement to some of the country’s most prominent news outlets. In response, the website revealed it has been hacked, and that it removed the code from its website by disabling the PSI-20 ticker.
It further assured its users they weren’t at risk, and that it is currently investigating the case. Its statement reads:
“Dinheiro Vivo refutes this type of computer hacking and assures readers that there is no risk to users. More: as a precaution, this area of the site has been deactivated, so the topic has already been duly cleared. The case’s investigation proceeds.”
Ongoing Cryptojacking trend
The ongoing Cryptojacking trend, as stated above, started after The Pirate Bay tested Monero mining code on its website, as a potential revenue source. The torrent index website’s goal was to use people’s computers to mine cryptocurrency and remove ads from its website.
Over time, various bad actors decided to take advantage of the code, initially provided by Coinhive, to mine the cryptocurrency without letting users know. Various high-profile incidents ensue, as victims include CBS-owned Showtime websites, and oil pipeline giant Transneft.
Recently, a Google Chrome extension with 105,000 users was also caught mining Monero using people’s CPU resources. To stop the trend, Cloudflare started banning websites that don’t warn users about CPU usage, while Opera browser added a built-in anti-Cryptojacking tool.
At press time, Monero is currently trading at $376.3, and is down 5.5% in the last 24-hour period. The cryptocurrency recently hit an all-time high of $467.5 before its price corrected, according to data from Cryptocompare.