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Crypto currency

Cryprtocurrency miners in YouTube ads

Hackers invented new scheme to make ordinary users' computers to mine cryptocurrency.

Hackers invented new scheme to make ordinary users' computers to mine cryptocurrency. 

It was reported by Kaspersky Lab CEO Yevgen Kaspersky. Cibercriminals instead of embedding mining scripts in the code of a website, embed them in YouTube ads.

"People spend a lot of time on YouTube, and the longer the computer works on generating cryptocurrency, the more it will create. Lastly, users trust well-established sites like YouTube, especially now that Google is behind it. So if a video starts acting up, users are more likely to pin the blame on their Internet connection or background software, not problems with video-hosting security," Kaspersky Lab's announcement states. 

Similar attack via YouTube will slow-up your computer and increase electricity use. "You’re wasting electricity and having your enjoyment spoiled while making someone else rich. Is that what you want? When your computer’s on its last legs with smoke pouring from its vents, will you praise the invention of cryptocurrency or curse it?" Kaspersky Lab's announcement states. 

 

References in the article: youtube, cryptocurrency, miners, advertisement, ads
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