One of the oldest torrent trackers to search for pirated information The Pirate Bay used its visitors’ computers to secretly procure the Monero crypto currency, Torrent Freak reported. When you visit the site, the program for the crypto currency mining through the user’s browsers starts working automatically. The launch of a dubious update was not announced in any way. After users noticed that their computers are heavily overloaded, The Pirate Bay administration announced the testing of a new monetization scheme.
Service used the scheme, already known to cyber-fraudsters, which are “sucked” to users’ browsers by means of malicious advertising and secretly launch programs for crypto currency mining. Mining is the process of extracting crypto currency by computers by solving mathematical problems that support digital transactions and generate, for example, new bitcoins. Owners of well-equipped computers can lease the power of their machines to virtual leases to users-miners, and then some of the extracted crypto currency will be at the landlords. Exposing The Pirate Bay showed that other people’s power can be used without demand. Users at the same time do not suspect that they are helping someone to earn money.