Pirates Bay using visitors CPU power to mine bitcoins, needs ads alternate

The Priate Bay is sailing into murky waters by not informing users of the trial which involved using their CPU time

They contacted The Pirate Bay and were informed by the website administrators that the miner was put in the website for a short period amounting to less than a day. The miner "could eventually replace" the advertisements on the website, the report said. It's not a constant occurrence on the website, but users began digging after they noticed significant spikes in CPU usage while on certain pages.

The Coinhive miner is embedded in the site, but not all of it. TorrentFreak points to a Reddit thread where users have come across it and are not happy. The mining is now active on the search results page and the category listings but not on the homepage or individual torrent pages. The mining script will, in the future, use only 20 to 30 per cent of your CPU resources and is restricted to one tab, even if multiple ones are open on the Javascript mining app infused page (s).

And if that is the case, it's certainly something that The Pirate Bay needs to make clear is happening: sneakily using the processor without any warning is clearly not on.

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Torrent news website Torrent Freak reported that the website is now testing a cryptocurrency miner on its website.

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The hidden code helped the file-sharing site generate coins for the Monero digital currency.

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The miner on The Pirate Bay has been added in order to mine Monero coins, which is a form of cryptocurrency.

It's very hard for pirate websites to get ad revenue because no reputed company wants their adverts on a website that is notorious for hosting illegal downloads.

TPB also blamed the high CPU usage on a "small typo" that was causing its site to utilize every available cycle when a user visited its website.

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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. But worry not torrent seekers, the mining script can be blocked to keep it from mining by changing the site's browser settings or add-ons such as ad blockers. Unfortunately, some of the users were not thrilled to hear the news.

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