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Engineer discovers hidden cryptocurrency miner in Google Chrome extension

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Oct
2017
Engineer discovers hidden cryptocurrency miner in Google Chrome extension

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“Borrowing” CPU horsepower from users to mine cryptocurrency has become common. It’s touted as a way to make money from websites without bothering viewers with ads, but many believe it borders on malware. And for good reason too.

The latest such case was reported by Node.js software engineer Alessandro Polidori. In a lengthy Medium post (picked up by The Register), Polidori shares his experience of coming across a Googe Chrome URL shortening extension carrying a hidden cryptocurrency miner.

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