The Coinhive service was always intended to help people mine cryptocurrency for good, but we've mostly seen it deployed by bad actors hijacking people's CPUs without their permission. UNICEF is giving everyone a chance to support refugees with the mining tool just by opening a webpage.
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Over the weekend, a user on Twitter pointed out that two of Showtime's websites had a script running in the background that's used to hijack visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency. Other users and outlets later confirmed that the code was present. Now it's gone, and Showtime refuses to answer questions.
This past weekend, the popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay caught some flak for testing out a new system that used visitors' CPU power to generate cryptocurrency profits for itself. This tactic has been around for years, but the high profile implementation signals that it's probably time to start blocking this crap. Here's how it's done.