How To Protect Our Devices From Cryptojacking And Mining Scripts

How To Protect Our Devices From Cryptojacking And Mining Scripts

Security researcher Scott Helme has recently discovered that even websites that we consider legitimate are poised to use visitors devices for cryptocurrency mining. These websites are running mining scripts similar to Coinhive.

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Security researcher Scott Helme has recently discovered that even websites that we consider legitimate are poised to use visitors devices for cryptocurrency mining. These websites are running mining scripts similar to Coinhive.

For instance, in the United Kingdom alone, government websites like Student Loan Company and Information Commissioner’s Office have been subjects to hack attacks and mining scripts have been embedded in their code. Similar to Coinhive scripts were found in NHS Inform and General Medical Council as well.

US websites are facing similar issues. The Indiana Government and the US courts system websites found themselves running Coinhive, the mining software specifically designed for Monero. The implementation of mining scripts is a piece of cake for experienced hackers because most government websites use BrowseAloud, a software that provides accessibility services.

During the weekend an unauthorized third-party intruder entered TextHelp and embedded Coinhive on their website. A few hours later, TextHelp stopped the BrowseAloud plugin. Cryptokacking has really become an issue in recent months but we should refer to it as something malicious all the time. Some websites struggle to fund themselves through AdSense and advertisement and are looking for alternatives.

From a user point of view, ad-free pages are much more pleasant but the downside is that mining scripts tend to slow down PCs. If your mobile is forced to mine, typically the battery dies out quicker than usual. Overheating might also occur.

But is there any chance this whole craze stops? Since even legitimate government sites fall victim to cryptojacking what the average visitor can do? Unfortunately, one cannot always protect themselves by simply avoiding certain websites. Currently, our only option is to adopt content blockers.

No Coin is such a plugin that blocks cryptojacking scripts. It runs smoothly on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. Opera Mobile even comes with the plugin built-in.

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