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Youtube Ads Caught Pushing Crypto Mining

     
12:50 pm on Jan 29, 2018 (gmt 0)

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[arstechnica.com...]

YouTube was recently caught displaying ads that covertly leach off visitors' CPUs and electricity to generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers, it was widely reported.

Word of the abusive ads started no later than Tuesday, as people took to social media sites to complain their antivirus programs were detecting cryptocurrency mining code when they visited YouTube. The warnings came even when people changed the browser they were using, and the warnings seemed to be limited to times when users were on YouTube.
1:01 pm on Jan 29, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I wondered about that. I hadn't seen any AV warnings, but I did hear my fans crank up to high gear a couple days ago. Looked at my processes and saw a spike. The crypto-jackers didn't get through because of a seperate box sitting in front of my main box.
 

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