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Websites ‘Borrowing’ Visitors CPUs to Mine Virtual Coins

The increasing demand for the virtual coins have translated into the rise of cryptojackers. Some local popular websites have been detected ‘borrowing’ visitors’ computer processors to mine virtual coins
Hardly a week passes without cryptocurrencies making the headlines.
Hardly a week passes without cryptocurrencies making the headlines.
The technology used for cryptojacking in Iran is rather likely to be Coinhive, a JavaScript code that allows website owners or cybercriminals to make money by using visitors’ computers to mine Monero, a very profitable cryptocurrency

With the unabashed rise of cryptocurrencies and growing public interest in the so-called digital money, Iran Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (Iran CERTCC) reports that some local popular websites have been ‘borrowing’ visitors’ Central Computer Processors to mine virtual coins.
The telecoms minister said he has received reports from Iran CERTCC that show  some popular websites including online news services are using the computer resources of visitors to mine digital currencies, ICANA reported. 
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi says, “Iran CERTCC has discovered a code in several websites that employ visitors’ CPU for mining cryptocurrencies.” He condemned the move as a form of cryptojacking which is defined as secretively using people’s computing devices to mine cryptocurrency.
Iran CERTCC reports that such codes have been embedded in some of these websites by cybercriminals. Administrators of such websites have been informed and told to remove the codes.


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