Pirate streaming mines currencies with our CPUs. A worrying reality emerges from a reader’s message on Facebook. Illegal streaming sites exploit the CPU of visitors to undermine cryptocurrencies, leaving them with energy costs.
Pirate mining on our pc
We only lacked the pirated streaming sites, which undermine cryptocurrencies exploiting our CPU in secret. Bizarre, but true.
From a report by an individual:
“[…] I wanted to inform you about the presence of the Coin Hive script for the mining also on the Wstream site, a well-known video streaming site (which I use for souls subbati, just to clarify!) Lately several try to monetize and if that Pirate Bay was a test this does not seem at all since the site in question already has a plentiful presence of ads.What are trying to figure out which is the most profitable of the two ?! Mmmmmm, posterity the hard sentence! for now I’m wide from Wstream, see the 100% CPU for a mere video seems a bit exaggerated, how to block a line to download a jpeg from a few kb, not in the era of 33.6k !!!! ”
I immediately became suspicious and activated to check the veracity of the report. I came to the conclusion, even having verified the truthfulness personally, that it is a real fact. I went to some streaming sites (which do not point to legal problems), and I verified that it is true. Even if the mining technique is not implemented in all the video streaming links, the fact happens and is real.
The Coin-Hive website leaves no doubt:
Monero is not the best known of virtual coins, however, is worth $ 94 and has a total capitalization of 1.4 billion, numbers far removed from those of Bitcoin that today is worth $ 3,917 and capitalizes almost 65 billion but it is still a virtual currency spendable or convertible into money.
A quick search on the internet was enough to find out that CryptoNight is a popular algorithm for the mining of different cryptocurrencies (Monero, Bytecoin, etc.), which exploits the processing capabilities of the processors. On the Coin-Hive.com homepage it is possible to test the functioning of the algorithm that can be implemented in order to exploit all or only part of the processor’s resources (the threads). An empirical test has allowed us to establish the performance with an Intel Core i7-3770K overclocked to 4.6 GHz:
2 threads ~ 44 Hash per second
3 threads ~ 60 Hashes per second
4 threads ~ 72 Hash per second
5 threads ~ 80 Hashes per second
6 ~ 8 threads ~ 90 Hashes per second
The site MoneroHash.com has allowed us to calculate that 10 computers, working 24 hours a day, can generate revenues of 0.02 XMR or 1.59 euros. Considering a consumption of 200Wh per PC, it would not even be able to cover the costs of electricity. If someone else pays you, however, it’s all gain.
Even other sites do it
At this point we could have limited ourselves to discouraging the use of the site cb01. However, we have checked other popular streaming sites (high definition, eurostreaming, filmperutti, guardaserie, etc.) without experiencing anything anomalous … at least until you try to start streaming a program.
One of the sites listed above, indicates OpenLoad.co among the providers available for a film but, by opening the link, you are directed to the page on the left. However, the real OpenLoad.co page is the right one and looking at them carefully, we notice that the layout is badly imitated.
The solution of pirates mining
The problem is not Coin-Hive per se, a system that is legal and has potential for completely legitimate uses. For example, a site could use it to tile or replace advertising. Or you could make it a tool for cryptocurrency mining to be used for beneficial purposes. It would be a good thing to inform users instead of apologizing, which does not happen in the cases mentioned.
Therefore, the instrument must not be condemned, but the use made of it. With this article I wanted to inform you and help you protect yourself.
The answers are coming, and among them there is also that of the same Coin-Hive. The managers apologized via the company blog.
A comment completely appreciable, but the question remains open. Keeping a website, legal or not, has costs. And online advertising is not necessarily the only possible answer: indeed in recent years it is increasingly problematic. Could computing power “on loan” to users could be an alternative way?
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