Popular Chrome Extension Embedded A CPU-Draining Cryptocurrency Miner

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An anonymous reader writes: SafeBrowse, a Chrome extension with more than 140, 000 users, contains an embedded JavaScript library in the extension’s code that mines for the Monero cryptocurrency using users’ computers and without getting their consent. The additional code drives CPU usage through the roof, making users’ computers sluggish and hard to use. Looking at the SafeBrowse extension’s source code, anyone can easily spot the embedded Coinhive JavaScript Miner, an in-browser implementation of the CryptoNight mining algorithm used by CryptoNote-based currencies, such as Monero, Dashcoin, DarkNetCoin, and others. This is the same technology that The Pirate Bay experimented with as an alternative to showing ads on its site. The extension’s author claims he was “hacked” and the code added without his knowledge. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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