Salon magazine mines crypto-cash with readers' PCs

Salon magazine mines crypto-cash with readers' PCs

However, unlike that incident, where hackers took control of visitors' computers for mining cryptocurrency, Salon notifies users and requires and the tool begins mining only with the permission of the user. Coinhive gets a bad rap because it can be used for illicit purposes, though the software is widely regarded as legitimate, as is the coin that it mines. We intend to use a small percentage of your spare processing power to contribute to the advancement of technological discovery, evolution and innovation.

However, the developers reportedly did not expect malicious actors to take advantage of the platform as much as they have.

While Monero will be the first cryptocurrency to be involved in the plan, Hoffner said Salon is planning to build a portfolio of digital coins. Salon's cryptocurrency of choice is Monero, according to Cyberscoop.

To end the explanation, Salon makes a pitch that the "possibilities for [cryptocurrency] are limitless" including secure online voting, predicting the impact of climate change and finding alien life. In a tweet, he says that Salon is lying about having unused power.

The computer I used for this experiment has a quad-core, Intel Core i7 Skylake processor.

Though there seems to be a lot of potential, mining cryptocurrencies by lending processing power is not that lucrative financially.

For the most part, using browsers to mine cryptocurrency has remained the purview of criminals, scammers and other grey-market players.


Monero recently made headlines when Coinhive malware schemes hit thousands of websites, including government addresses. It mines for digital currencies by using the computer power of unsuspecting web users, reports BBC News.

Cryptojacking continues to be a problem, as we've detailed in several additional articles, including one yesterday. There after we will ask you again to opt-in.

"This happens only when you are browsing Salon.com", the site's FAQ says.

Salon said they chose to add this alternative to recoup lost ad revenue when visitors use an ad blocker.

The site wants to provide free content to its users, but like TweakTown and most other websites that rely on advertisements to be run on their site, the company is struggling with a constantly shifting advertising landscape.

Salon explained its decision to launch the programme: "We realise that specific technological developments now mean that it is not merely the reader's eyeballs that have value to our site - it's also your computer's ability to make calculations, too".

"Ad-blockers cut deeply into our revenue and create a more one-sided relationships between reader and publisher", said Salon.

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