06 Mar '15, 3pm

uTorrent's latest update installs a cryptocurrency miner

Bitcoin miners are a common way for botnet owners and other online criminals to make a profit off of compromised machines, leaving users to bear the cost of the excess computing power. As a result, bundling a bitcoin miner as part of an update is a somewhat slimy move, particularly for an ad-supported program like uTorrent. Any users that don't catch onto the program will be left with significantly worse performance, while funneling any profits back to Epic Scale. In the thread, uTorrent recommended uninstalling Epic Scale folder and removing the folder, but many users complained that the program persisted even after reasonable measures had been taken.

Full article: http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/6/8161251/utorrents-secret...

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