Online users, be aware of CPU Hijacking by Online Khabar. Online Khabar’s website is found to be running a script that allows the site to use visitors CPU to generate cryptocurrency, as pointed out by a Facebook user.
Basically, Bitcoin and all cryptocurrency are Banned in Nepal. CBI recently arrest more than dozen people for operating cryptocurrency.
This script can be founded only in their Nepali version webpage, which can make your PC or mobile device run slower than usual. When it is activated the infected device’s CPU load goes up to 100%, which slows down everything else because all the CPU processing power is used up. In other words, the malicious script will slow down your computer or mobile device to a crawl. This makes it impossible for the infected device to function properly and will drain the battery very quickly because of the high CPU usage.
The script, which is provided by Coinhive, puts users’ computers to mine a cryptocurrency called monero, which released in 2014. Currently, 1 monero is equalled to $177.0658. Thirty percent of the proceeds go to Coinhive, while sites using the service, like onlinekhabar, keep the rest.
According to coinhive, this script was made as an alternative to banner ads as a way for website owners to get around pesky ad-blockers. Ironically, some ad-blockers have now included Coinhive on the list of the banned.
Coinhive updated its site to include the statement:
We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate Coinhive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission.
Going forward, the service claims that it will now ask people browsing a site for permission before mining their CPU
Embedding cryptocurrency-mining scripts into a website is not exactly new. Though the secret addition of coinhive to popular websites like online Khabar, The Pirate Bay, the most popular file-sharing websites. The pirate has apologized for secretly running the script and then asked its users if they preferred ads or CPU mining. Surprisingly, many of the comments indicate a positive reception towards the idea.
All content creator out there might be thinking of using coinhive to their websites and blog, it may be a good idea for you but it’s your responsibility to tell your users what’s going on.While it’s possible to run the miner without informing your users, we strongly advise against it. You know this. Long-term goodwill of your users is much more important than any short-term profits.