Browser-based Crypto-Mining Rises from the Dead

Tara Seals

Though it seemed all but dead, browser-based cryptocurrency mining is back—a revenant that has begun haunting websites and their visitors.

It’s not just back in a small way: Browser-based cryptocurrency mining activity has exploded in the last few months of 2017, according to Symantec, including a 34% increase in the number of mobile apps incorporating cryptocurrency mining code. The firm said that the catalyst appears to be the launch of a mining service in September by Coinhive.

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