The crypto-jacking technique means that hackers have been able to profit by using other people's CPU time to Mine the Monero cryptocurrency while they watch videos.
Trend Micro reports that there has been a huge increase in Coinhive web miner detections in recent days, with hackers abusing Google's DoubleClick to distribute the code through big site including Youtube.
The company says that "advertisements found on high-traffic sites not only used Coinhive [...] but also a separate web miner that connects to a private pool," an explains that it shared its finding with Google.
We speculate that the attackers' use of these advertisements on legitimate websites is a ploy to target a larger number of users, in comparison to only that of compromised devices.
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