In the latest development Internet domain provider, CloudFlare is cracking down on websites running hidden cryptocurrency miners. It was revealed when an operator of torrent site ProxyBunker speaking to a news website TorrentFreak informed that Cloudflare has taken action to remove all its relevant domains due to a miner hiding in the website’s code.
ProxyBunker a portal to other torrent sites, had been running “Coinhive” monero miner for four days prior to the suspension.
Reacting to this Justin Paine head of trust and safety at Cloudflare replied that the decision was taken because the miner was operating undercover, with no option for visitors to disable the code, and was thus considered “malware.” undercover
Paine was said:
Multiple domains in your account were injecting Coinhive mining code without notifying users. … We consider this to be malware, and as such the account was suspended, and all domains removed from Cloudflare.
A website miner uses the processing power of the visitor’s computers to mine cryptocurrencies. This came to light with the recent disclosure of a popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, decision to launch a web-based miner. Which was later accepted by the site saying it was an experiment to explore the alternative source of revenue generation to the traditional advertisements. Later this feature was removed following a public outcry.
In an another instance, a popular tv content provider Showtime was also found mining malware hidden on their websites, stealing processing power from unwitting users. It has been noticed that the number of torrent sites running mining code has also increased.
According to TorrentFreak, as websites running torrent run on low-profit services, website miners could serve as a novel financing method for them. Another popular torrent website PassThePopcorn yesterday announced it will be introducing an “opt-in” version of the software as a way of funding its service.