This Illegal Piracy Site is "Borrowing" Visitors' Computers to Mine Cryptocurrency

Pirate Bay uses users' CPU

TorrentFreak reports The Pirate Bay added the hidden cryptocurrency miner over the weekend.

According to Filip Truta from Hot For Security, Coinhive uses Monero blockchain technology that users can run directly on their browsers and generate XMR for Pirate Bay in exchange for no ads. Many sites that have the option to donate have added an option for Bitcoin, but those are always voluntary. It now has a market capitalisation of US$1.49bil (RM6.24bil).

The code generated coins for the Monero digital currency, which the site claims is an additional revenue stream, The Daily Mail reported. Drumroll.... they make cash by using your computer's central processing unit's process cycles behind your back. We really want to get rid of all the ads.

While this might be a small price to pay for most loyal users of the website, a new user who is not in the know-how of how things work around the Pirate Bay might feel bogged down by the Javascript, which is sure to slow down their CPU. Meanwhile, if you are actively visiting Pirate Bay or any torrent sites, which we don't encourage at all, do disable Javascript or install a script blocker in your browser if you aren't fond of having your CPU being used without your consent.

Sid later returned to the forum, telling users to use NoScript to block the miner or just block Javascript. But we also need enough money to keep the site running.




The miner can be blocked using a normal ad-blocker that can be downloaded online.

It is common for pro-cryptocurrency organizations to take donations in bitcoin, but using people's resources without their permission to mine crypto as a means of profit is a totally unprecedented move on the part of The Pirate Bay.

Disgruntled users are clamoring for more information, which The Pirate Bay moderators are expected to answer in the coming weeks. That has since been corrected, and TPB says CPU utilization should now be between 20-30 percent.

While some forum posters were annoyed at the way The Pirate Bay implemented the mining tool, others said they thought it was a good idea for funding the site.

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