30 Nov '13, 11pm

Free WiFi proxy revealed to be sneakily Bitcoin mining on unsuspecting users’ computers

Free WiFi proxy revealed to be sneakily Bitcoin mining on unsuspecting users’ computers

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to the RSS feed , like us on Facebook , or sign-up for the free email newsletter which contains computer security advice, news, hints and tips. Thanks for visiting! Security researchers at MalwareBytes have uncovered an interesting example of one of the new ways that third parties can try to make money out of *your* computer. Adam Kujawa, a malware researcher at the firm, has described how browser toolbars and search add-ons may not only try to earn money and irritate you by displaying adverts, but might also be silently installing a Bitcoin miner onto your PC. There’s nothing wrong with Bitcoin-mining software, of course. But it should be *your* choice whether you want your computer’s resources tied up with the complex number-crunching necessary to create the digital currency. What’s bad about the software that MalwareBytes ha...

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