AdGuard: Hidden Mining May Encounter in Most Unexpected Places in 2018

February 17, 2018

Blockchain development has brought along a huge amount of useful things yet together with quite an adverse one called crypto-jacking. A growing number of criminals are trying to secretly use computing capacities of other users for cryptocurrency mining. The phenomenon is still to remain in 2018.

AdGuard service for browser ads blocking has conducted a research on crypto-jacking having drawn a conclusion at the end of it that net users will be subject to suchlike threats in the “most unexpected places” in 2018.

Within the frame of the previous study AdGuard has found, almost one billion of users fell victims of crypto-jacking with a number of infected sites exceeding 33 000. The spread of hidden mining is partially caused by sinking efficiency of ad monetization.

“The code of mining scripts was being found on websites, in apps, games, browser extensions, and of course in advertising banners and other elements,” the researchers write. “Ads often get infected with malware or mining scripts by hackers that break into ad networks, so even ads of well-known and reliable advertisers can be dangerous”, the report says.

There is a legal version of crypto-jacking when sites offer its users publicly to either turn ads on or permit use of free CPU capacity with a popular American news resource Salon among those mentioned.

Unfortunately, crypto-jacking is getting a more widespread case. But how one can defend oneself from it? There are extensions for browsers like minerBlock or No Coin that block hidden mining. In addition, one can download Opera version with integrated anti-crypto-jacking plugin.

Being cautious and refraining from visiting suspicious sites as well as from installing dubious extensions is also worth doing. Increased CPU load may also prove the PC has fallen in hidden mining.

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