What Is Cryptojacking?


Cryptojacking, or browser mining, is a type of hidden mining, under which the device of a website visitor is used for mining cryptocurrency. Usually, users do not know that their devices are being used for such a purpose.

The mass use of crypto jacking started in fall 2017. Back then, everyone’s attention was on torrent site The Pirate Bay that embedded the cryptocurrency miner into its web pages on a permanent basis. The main issue, however, is that in many cases, the website owners don’t do that voluntarily, as more and more websites are getting hacked. The most popular cryptocurrency mining service among hackers is Coinhive. It provides individuals and organizations with an alternative platform, which offers inline JavaScript code that uses victims‘ central processing units for mining the Monero cryptocurrency.

Interesting fact: 49% of sites that act as hidden miners are porn sites.