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Cloudflare Bans Sites For Using Cryptocurrency Miners

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:57 pm

Story : https://torrentfreak.com/cloudflare-bans-sites-for-using-cryptocurrency-miners-1





After years of accepting donations via Bitcoin, last month various ‘pirate’ sites began to generate digital currency revenues in a brand new way.

It all began with The Pirate Bay, which quietly added a Javascript cryptocurrency miner to its main site, something that first manifested itself as a large spike in CPU utilization on the machines of visitors.

The stealth addition to the platform, which its operators later described as a test, was extremely controversial. While many thought of the miner as a cool and innovative way to generate revenue in a secure fashion, a vocal majority expressed a preference for permission being requested first, in case they didn’t want to participate in the program.

Over the past couple of weeks, several other sites have added similar miners, some which ask permission to run and others that do not. While the former probably aren’t considered problematic, the latter are now being viewed as a serious problem by an unexpected player in the ecosystem.





imo, there's little if any distinction between doing this without permission and running a botnet. if it's not opt-in, i agree with Cloudflare - it's malware.

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