Monday, October 2, 2017

Browser-Side JavaScript Miners Affect Computer Performance

Browser-side mining of cryptocurrencies, which uses parallel processing CPU power for profit, was developed in the 2011-2014 time-frame. In September 2017, it was distinguished as part of malicious campaigns. Some content providers test this technology as a way to monetize their traffic. The SafeBrowse Chrome extension was allegedly hacked to include a mining functionality. These mining scripts pose a moderate cyber threat, as they significantly slow down the computer while the page is open in the browser. Detecting these malvertising campaigns and disabling mining scripts is advised...READ MORE

Wapack Labs has cataloged and reported extensively on mining cryptocurrencies in the past. An archive of related reporting can be found in the Red Sky Alliance portal.