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New Malicious Ads Mine Cryptocurrency in Your Browser - PCMag

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New Malicious Ads Mine Cryptocurrency in Your Browser - PCMag

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And it looks as though cybercriminals have figured out how to do just that through a combination of JavaScript and cryptocurrency mining. Security vendor ESET discovered this new technique in some JavaScript files. What the cybercriminals do is buy traffic from an advertising network and use that to distribute the malicious adverts (known as malvertising). The JavaScript they contain utilizes the victim's computer resources to mine cryptocurrency. However, the adverts are targeted at video streaming and in-browser gaming websites, so the user will expect a performance hit and therefore overlook the sudden slow down (that's the theory, anyway). Another advantage of displaying these adverts on video and gaming sites is there's a much greater chance a user will keep the site open for longer. The adverts seem likely to spread further afield and head west, though, due to the potential to tap millions more PCs and generate more cryptocurrency. A and offers protection to ESET security suite users through Potentially UnSafe Apps detections. Coin spectator is an automated news aggregation service. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. Images and text owned by copyright holders are used in reference to and promotion of those respective parties. Read in Full

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