other times when the Coinhive script was hidden in webpages – by the official admin or even by a hacker.
Coinhive also offered the bad guys an easier and safer way to make money than through traditional malware. It could hit all sorts of platforms such as Windows, Linux, MacOS – and it also could work on mobile devices. This led to hackers quietly inserting their code into a variety of legitimate websites. It was even subtly incorporated into a few apps in the Google Play Store. Monetizing the results was slick and basically untraceable. This surreptitious cryptocurrency mining led to many security firms (including Avira) to flag and block websites with Coinhive
Coinhive is not the only cryptominer out there, so this certainly does not mean that this type of cryptojacking scheme will disappear in a month. However, it means that there will likely be a transition to other, less well known packages and that these new players may not play as “nice” as Coinhive did.
No matter what – with an up-to-date antivirus you’re always on the safe side when it comes to protect yourself from crytojacking so buckle up and make sure your PC is safe.