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Silent Crypto Miners Appearing on Websites

Post by gotitbro » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:36 am

I just came across a website that was using a silent JavaScript miner (crypto miner) called Coinhive which was using a lot of CPU of my not so powerful device. These JavaScript mines seem to have gained popularity in recent times especially with news reports coming in that even The Pirate Bay has started using these miners (actually the same Coinhive one).

I get why websites are turning to these JS miners, to get some revenue with cryptocurrencies maybe because ads aren't performing that well. But that doesn't give them the right to use my machine as a node for their mining purposes without my consent. All they had to do was show a little popup asking my permission.

What do you think about these silent JS miners?

More Info: https://github.com/uBlockOrigin/uAssets/issues/690
TPB Report: https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-website-runs-a-cryptocurrency-miner-170916/

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Post by Lanik » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:41 am

gotitbro wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:36 am
What do you think about these silent JS miners?
If someone is using my machine or resources for their own personal gain justified or not is not cool with me. Especially when it's done without my consent. Might as well be malware AFAIC.
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Post by gotitbro » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:06 am

@Lanik Exactly, but here we have people who not only have no problem with TPB for doing so but also support it https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay ... qus_thread. When I asked for why this was so I got a response hat this is better than malicious ads.

It seems like a right justification but now that I think about it is it really? This seems worse than malicious ads to me I don't even have take any action here.

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Post by -Mark- » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:14 pm

That's f*** invasive! Forcing visitor's resources downright for personal gains is unacceptable, needs to be firewalled.

Gorhill created a filterlist for that-https://raw.githubusercontent.com/uBloc ... tterns.txt

Adding that now :ubergeek:

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Post by gotitbro » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:40 am

@-Mark- That filter list still seems to be a work in progress something could still change drastically with it. And you're right its invasive it is beyond me why people are even supporting this.

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Post by smed79 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:07 pm

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Post by gotitbro » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:45 pm

@smed79 That list seems to be fairly new. Is it correct to add it to the database without much testing?

Were you the one who added it on the ABP page?

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Post by smed79 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:26 am

gotitbro wrote:Were you the one who added it on the ABP page?
Why me? I have just found this list by accident at ABP sub page when I wanted to subscribe to Fanboy's Annoyances.
gotitbro wrote:Is it correct to add it to the database without much testing?
I don't understand what you mean by "without much testing"?

For any other question/issue ask at https://github.com/hoshsadiq/adblock-nocoin-list/issues
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Post by gotitbro » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:31 am

@smed79 I thought you had some control over ABP's subscription page :p

What I meant with not much testing was that we don't know if its going to be an actively maintained list and handled properly, that is all.

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Post by smed79 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:49 am

You can follow the NoCoin repo on github and proposed to optimize the filters if you see something not handled properly.
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