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PirateBay is using visitors' browsers to mine Bitcoin?

The problem is that you're running untrusted code any time you visit some random website. This is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you. Actually, it's probably one of the least (except maybe to your battery life).

@mikegerwitz @bortzmeyer wait what, mining bitcoin in JavaScript? That doesn't really make sense, does it? IIRC, even GPU-based mining is considered non-competitive

@Thib @mikegerwitz @bortzmeyer I don't get it either. Are users really leaving their browser open that long that it makes sense? And can you even leverage those short amounts of time they do?

@bortzmeyer @Thib @mikegerwitz Sorry, I get an error 404 when I click that link.

@lx @Thib @mikegerwitz Works for me. Probably the censorship middlebox in your corporation (I had to click "I known I can violate the law or the constitution" to read it from work.)

@lx @Thib @mikegerwitz That's really strange, I tested from several places, with several browsers and all work.

@bortzmeyer @Thib @mikegerwitz Is it the exact same link like here? 🤔
Maybe I am connecting to an outdated mirror/CDN.

@lx @Thib @mikegerwitz Anyway, I quote it:

Miner
As you may have noticed we are testing a Monero javascript miner.

This is only a test. We really want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site running.

Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you want ads or do you want to give away a few of your CPU cycles every time you visit the site?

Of course the mining can be blocked by a normal ad-blocker.

@bortzmeyer @Thib @mikegerwitz Actually I think that is a fair and interesting approach. Especially if you ever visited their site without Adblock. 😂

@bortzmeyer @lx @mikegerwitz seems to work on my computer but not on my smartphone, regardless of the network.

Also, yeah, it's Monero and not Bitcoin (I guess “Bitcoin” has become a generic name for crypto-currencies?). It appears there are no GPU mining implementation significantly better than CPU mining for the used Proof of Work, so this kind of makes sense.