02 Dec '13, 9pm

You may have just given a toolbar permission to mine Bitcoin from your computer

You may have just given a toolbar permission to mine Bitcoin from your computer

Dec. 4 - 5, 2013 Redwood City, CA Tickets on Sale Now You know those third-party toolbars and proxies you download? They may be silently using you to mine Bitcoins, and you may have actually agreed to it. These add-ons and browser plug-ins are sometimes called PUPS, or potentially unwanted programs. They can serve a purpose, such as a browser toolbar that might help you search for or save content, but often come with extra unwanted tools that take up space, watch your Internet activities, and try to sell you advertising. Malwarebytes discovered one of these add-ons was actually installing a Bitcoin miner in the background that reinstalled itself when deleted. The weirdest part is that it tried to be above-board with it all, putting a clause in its end-user license agreement (EULA) about the miner. Bitcoin uses the general public to help solve “blocks” or encrypted Bitcoin ...

Full article: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/02/pup-bitcoin-miner/

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